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In the MySQL preferences, I have the "Automatically Start MySQL Server on Startup" selected, but MySQL doesn't start. Starting manually the server through the "Start MySQL Server" button works fine.

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Any thought? Maybe wrong permissions?

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What version of Mac OS X? – Josh Sep 17 '10 at 13:03
Snow Leopard (10.6.4) – Roberto Aloi Sep 18 '10 at 9:54
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It's a known problem that the preference pane is (was) broken in 10.6 Leopard. Try reinstalling just the preference pane, not the complete mysql package:

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That solved the issue. Thanks. – Roberto Aloi Sep 29 '10 at 8:51

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