The command sequence to initialize the mysql database and start the server, as stated in the manual, does not work.
You should also change the ownership of
after initializing the database and before starting the
/usr/bin/mysql_install_db # initialize tables
cd /var/lib/mysql; chown -R mysql.mysql . # change ownership of database files
/usr/bin/safe_mysqld & # start server
mysqladmin -u root password 'newpassword' # set root password