I've had the worst time trying to get MySQL to work on my Mac running OSX. I've tried serveral version. One was a binary zipped file that I had to compile via the command line the other was a package that installed it. I can get to the point when it installs and some stuff runs but I can NEVER get a mysql> prompt the most common errors has to do with a sock file. I want to be able to test web sites I develop using php and mysql on my iBook. I've got php working fine. (made the correct adjustments to apache, etc. My getting mysql to work is not working. It's not taking any password. (my user or root or the one it asked me to set up of mysql. I read this board a lot and see a lot of good responses here in addition to the rumor stuff. Thanks.