The permissions on the var/lib/mysql
directory were wrong for mysql.
I've removed and re-installed the last
two mysql packages (3.23.49 -2 and
3.23.51 -1) from -current several
FWIW, this is what works.
(If you have the mysql user & group)
chown -R mysql.mysql /var/lib/mysql
If you don't have a user mysql and a
group mysql, add them before doing the
BTW, it's the mysql_install_db that sets
the directories to user & group root.