I installed mysql3.2 on redhat linux. It worked fine for one day. Yeterday I tried to run mysql

client by typing mysql. But mysql command hangs. The client is not starting. The cursor on

terminal window keeps on blinking, without showing up the mysql prompt.

Then I tried to run mysqladmin to check the status of the mysql server.
I typed mysqladmin -u root -p status

That command also did not respond. The cursor keeps on blinking without giving any output.
I checked the running processes on linux using ps command. It shows that mysqld is working.

I ran the mysqldump command twice, the day before this happened, to backup all databases and

one specific database. It did work. Does mysqldump command cause any problems to mysqld server.

Can you please help me to figure out what is happening.