And believe it or not, if you have MySQL installed (if this is a Mandrake system, which it is if my memory serves correctly, which it hardly ever does
) then you should have an entry in /etc/init.d for mysql, and to start it you only have to:
Furthermore, you should only start 1 thread related to your issue, 2 or 3 (or more) are going to not only cause YOU confusion, but the responders now have to look at 2 threads to see if they are duplicating work already in progress.
The command you are issuing above is to access mysql to do maintenance on it. Such as adding users, creating/removing appending databases. You need to start the mysql daemon (mysqld) to do what you are trying to.