I did that, I guess my permissoins were messed up or something. I now have a /var/run/mysql/mysql.sock file.
so i then run
# safe_mysqld --user=mysql &
and i get the output:
# Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql
030108 15:47:12 mysqld ended
(i dont think that is right)
I think my permissions are still a little messed up somewhere. I accedently deleted the user mysql a long while ago before I knew what mySQL was.
I am reading the pdf manual and it says everything should be installed to /usr/local/mysql/. and mine is in /usr/bin. I know it doesn't matter but when it talks about /usr/local/mysql/var, I dont have a /usr/bin/var. and I know I have to chown -R /usr/local/var but I cant find it.
FYI - what I missed was when I removed the user mysql all the permissions for everything went to "27". because slackware installs everything funny I couldn't go by the manual to find out what stuff needed to be changed.
anyways I forgot to chane the ownership of /var/lib/mysql/