I just compiled mysql and discovered that I would have to type Code: shell:~ sudo mysqld_safe --user=mysql & Apparently the & symbol is there to make it run in the background, but I'm finding it's having an odd effect on the terminal window and seems to cause sudo to jump over the password prompt. Code: Last login: Fri Oct 17 10:32:30 on ttys000 PennyMBP:~ adam$ sudo mysqld_safe --user=mysql &  185 PennyMBP:~ adam$ Password: Type the password at the prompt and it's not actually receiving a password. Can anyone repeat this behaviour? Do you think it's a bug in terminal or have any other explanation? Thanks folks.