Originally posted by gluon
Don't panic : just go to /var/lib/mysql
Your mysql dir doesn't obviously have rwx permissions -> just do chmod -R 777 /var/lib/mysql
Just a little problem : this way you don't have any protection anymore on your mysql dir :_(
I hade the same problem and i discovered the solution in /var/lib/mysql/????????.err
Hope it helps...
Nothing in /var/log/messages?
'rcmysql start|stop|status' starts/stops/checks the daemon as user 'mysql'. It's pretty handy. I wouldn't chmod 777 tho.