[quote author=blackjackguy link=board=1;threadid=10047;start=0#msg91043 date=1102475485]
Hello, newbie here.
From the command line, what is the *easiest* way to tell if MySQL database is installed on my linux box?
If it is, how do I start it? Something like: service mysql start ?
Hey - It depends on the distro. On certain distros, you'd do /etc/rc.d/mysqld start (for Slackware)
/etc/init.d/mysql start (for Gentoo)
Another way to test is to try to connect to it:
So if I set up my root user, password, after doing mysql_install_db, then that's how I would connect to the mysql shell.
bash-2.05b~ mysql -u root -p
I'd suggest using a manual of some sort to get this figured out. It'd be more helpful if you could please tell us what distribution you are using.