Have just setup a SLES 11 sp2 server under VMware. We want to run current version of MySQL (5.5.28-1) so I uninstalled (via Yast) the existing version on the SLES 11 server and then installed the 3 rpm files (server, client, shared) for MySQL, downloaded from the MySQL site. Did get a couple errors installing the server module:
ls: can't access /var/lib/mysql/*.err "no such file or directory"
insserv: service network is missed in the runlevels 4 to use MySQL

Then I ran mysql_install_db.
Then I ran mysql_secure_installation. Here where it asks for the password I just hit enter since there presumably should not be a password yet but I get an error back "Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock"

Not sure what is going on here - whether or not the errors upon the install of the MySQL server rpm files are preventing these other utilities to run.

Any tips/pointers on how to get this up and running would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!