Cannot connect to mysql database on localhost on Mac OS X 10.4.11

I tried connecting to mysql as usual on the Mac OS 10.4.11 using the following command:

mysql -h 127.0.0.1 -u root --password=<mypassword>

It gives the following error:

ERROR 2003 (HY000): Can't connect to MySQL server on '127.0.0.1' (61)

Trying to connect using the localhost as the hostname gives the following error:

ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2)

There is no socket file being used. So, the second command never worked. The first one always worked. But, now it doesn't. Any ideas ?
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mwiercinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you sure MySQL is running? Check

ps ax | grep mysql

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