The prefpane is broken in 10.5 last I check. For now just search for
"mysql_safe" and google how to start from command line. The real issue
here is OSX is not like Linux AT ALL in how it starts daemons. And
some of the reading you might find on Linux simply won't apply.
My real recommendation to people getting into Rails is you HAVE to
have some sysadmin comfort. Rails is NOT a a RAD in the sense of the
1990's (i'm showing my age :)). Don;t take this as a condemnation. I
am glad you are getting into Rails Zack. The primary issue with using
packages is that when they don't work or something about your system
is broken, you have no recourse.
I would recommend the following before you continue ANY further:
*download XCode 3 from Apple. and install
*run apple updates.
*ONLY use packages that say they work for 10.5. DO NOT assume 10.4
packages will work(they might). Apple has made some changes to 10.5
that I can't recall. But you are going to say yourself trouble if you
at least consider my warning.
If you are not ready to take the jump into downloading source. Then
investigate using Fink or DarwinPorts. I have found these invaluable
when I needed something running quickly (they do some of the compiling
work for you).