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    I've just installed MySQL v3.23.21-beta from source after uninstalling a previous RPM version.

    I built and installed it as in the docs:

    shell> configure
    shell> make
    shell> make install
    shell> scripts/mysql_install_db
    shell> /usr/local/mysql/bin/safe_mysqld &

    But the last stage, safe_mysqld always gives the error:

    chown: too few arguments
    Try `chown --help' for more information.
    Starting mysqld daemon with databases
    from /usr/local/mysql/var
    mysqld daemon ended

    This new mysql version is part of my server upgrade to php4 etc- so much hassle that i wish i'd never started ;-)

    Thanks, Tom
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    Fixed it!

    Turns out that my redhat box has a different location of the tmp folder.

    All i did was make a new tmp folder in the root of the hard drive and then the safe_mysqld could write the mysqld.sock file.

    Easy when you know why!

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