During my update from Civi 4.2 to 4.7 I let it fill in database information that was not correct it connected to the cms database and not the Civi database from the previous install. Is there a file I can edit to have it connect to the old database?


You should edit the civicrm.settings.php file. The location of this file depends on your content management system.

Drupal: sites/default/civicrm.settings.php

WordPress: wp-content/uploads/civicrm/civicrm.settings.php

Joomla: administrator/components/com_civicrm/civicrm.settings.php

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