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Perms look right.
Do you have a working DNS? Did you try "--skip-name-resolve"?
Did you try "--verbose" to get more info about the problem?
Do you have a /etc/my.cnf set up? Did you try "--no-defaults" to rule out a problem with the config file?
I'm just shooting in the dark from reading the man page. (Did you RTFM? :-)
Thanks for the help... i got fed up with trying to guess what was causing it. it was a yum install by a coworker. I removed the packages and reinstall with the binaries. What worked fine. Thanks for the suggestions... I think it had to do with the my.cnf that was created with the yum. Thanks for all the help...
Glad you got it going.
Still, it's useful to figure this stuff out at your leisure, so you don't have to figure it out in a panic later... :-)