Hello I have been unable to start MySQL using a guide like: http://www.debianadmin.com/xampp-all-in-one-web-server-installation-and-configuration-in-debian.html I cant start anything which uses XAMP + MySQL because it cannot find the service. http://localhost/xampp status says MySQL is deactivated. Code: XAMPP Status Component Status Hint MySQL database DEACTIVATED PHP ACTIVATED Perl ACTIVATED Common Gateway Interface (CGI) ACTIVATED Server Side Includes (SSI) ACTIVATED Yet when i start XAMPP this component says it is working: Code: /opt/lampp/lampp start Starting XAMPP for Linux 1.6.6... XAMPP: Starting Apache with SSL (and PHP5)... XAMPP: Starting MySQL... XAMPP: Starting ProFTPD... XAMPP for Linux started. At first i thought it was the firewall so i changed iptables: Code: #allow MySQL Default port: iptables -A TRUSTED -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 3306 -j ACCEPT However this does not seem to affect the situation. Moreover the configuration file for mySQL in /opt/lampp/etc/my.cnf is the same as the default configuration file. I should be able to use a content creation program like joomla to create a database. Code: Pre-installation check for Joomla! 1.5.3 Production/Stable [ Vahi ] 22-April-2008 22:00 GMT: If any of these items is not supported (marked as No) your system does not match the minimum requirements necessary. Please take the appropriate actions to correct the errors. Failure to do so could lead to your Joomla! installation not functioning correctly. PHP Version >= 4.3.10 Yes - Zlib Compression Support Yes - XML Support Yes - MySQL Support Yes MB Language is Default Yes MB String Overload Off Yes configuration.php Writable Yes Code: An Error has occurred!: Could not connect to the database. Connector returned number: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL I am assuming this problem traces back to XAMPP not starting MySQL or there is some step to be done before all of this to configure mySQL which is not mentinoned in any tutorials i have found so far.