if mysql is not letting me reset my password what can i do?. I'm using Mac Osx and my password only works sometimes. I dont understand it. Actually it only worked once. I want to reset it but it wont let me kill the mysql. I was running mysql or attempting to try to start mysql 4.0 and i just downloaded the 4.3.4 or something of mysql and now its giving me this when i attempt the
sudo /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin -u root -p shutdown:

[Denise-Womacs-Computer:~] denisewo% sudo /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin -u root -p shutdown
Enter password:
/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
error: 'Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2)'
Check that mysqld is running and that the socket: '/tmp/mysql.sock' exists!

im so confused.