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Subject:   MySQL won't start
Date:   2005-01-20 16:26:14
From:   jsswg0
Response to: MySQL won't start

Try looking at the permissions in the data directory. I had a similar problem because I ran the mysql_install_db script as root. Once I changed the owner and group of the files in the data direcotry to the mysql user and group, mysqld started just fine:
chown mysql data/*
chgrp mysql data/*