[CentOS] mysql won't start with service, but starts with mysqld_safe

Sun Feb 5 17:31:28 UTC 2012
Tait Clarridge <tait at taiter.com>

On Sat, 2012-02-04 at 17:15 -0700, Larry Martell wrote:
> Just installed mysql on centos 6.2. When I try to start it with service I get:
> #service mysqld start
> MySQL Daemon failed to start.
> Starting mysqld:                                           [FAILED]
> Nothing at all is written to the error log.
> But if I start it with mysqld_safe it comes up and works fine.
> Anyone know what's going on here?

Did it hang while trying to start? Or was it an immediate failure.