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.
Any thought? Maybe wrong permissions?
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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: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql-macosx-excerpt/5.1/en/mysql-installation-macosx-prefpane.html