I recently tried to access phpmyadmin and was getting an access denied message instead of a login screen. I checked /etc/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php and everything was fine, it was not set to 'config'. I played around with some settings and nothing seemed to work. Eventually, I edited /usr/share/phpmyadmin/config/config.inc.php This had 'config' authentication type. My question is, shouldn't /etc/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php override the settings in /usr/share/phpmyadmin?