You could change the script that starts up mysql to not echo the status messages to the screen. On my setup that is: /usr/local/mysql/bin/safe_mysql Comment out the messages that you don't want. Dean CDitty writes: > Hello all. I have just successfully installed the Mysql server on my RH > box. I have gotten it to start the server on startup. But, when it does, > the startup command continues on to the next screen. See below..... > > Chris-Linux login: Starting mysqld daemon with databases > from/usr/local/mysql/data > > How can I get it to start silently? I copied the mysql.server file to the > /etc/rc.d/init.d/ directory and linked it to the rc3.d/S99mysql and to > rc0.d S0mysql files.