These are the commands I use to start mysql
killall -9 mysqld && touch /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid && touch /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock && /etc/init.d/mysql start
The weird thing is that I need to give these commands every time my system restarts....
The errors I got from proftpd were because of the fact that I did not configure the system to act as a server properly so in order to fix it I configured the system according to the how to by falko the perfect setup debian etch http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_debian_etch
I also used the info from this page to set mysql http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/sho...r1.example.com