Subject:   mysqld ended...waaahhh
Date:   2009-09-19 21:27:15
From:   atrerus
Response to: mysqld ended...waaahhh

I had the same issue on OSX 10.5. The problem seems to be that OSX puts underscores before all non "User" accounts, so the MySQL user is '_mysql'. When you attempt to start the service it blows up because it's expecting the directories to be owned by the user 'mysql' but they are actually owned by '_mysql'.

That's speculation on my part, but I do know that by chowning the database directory to 'mysql' I was able to get things to work. Thanks for the tip!