I was having some problems starting MySQL, so decided to reinstall it.
First, I went and deleted all the old files -- including the ones in
When I tried to reinstall -- using rpm -i -- I got a message saying it
was already installed. However, when I tried to fire it up it gave me
an error message asking me to check for a .socks file in var/lib/mysql,
which I of course deleted. Now, I'm lost as to how to reinstall.
Any suggestions on how I might reinstall MySQL would be greatly
appreciated. Sorry, to waist everyone's time on such a simple question.
Special thanks to Ed Carp and David Bruha who tried to provide help by
explaining that I had the wrong path. You guys were right.
Unfortunately, I didn't figure it out until it was too late and I had
embarked on a silly mission of deleting what appear to have been
perfectly good files.