mysql not starting

comzeradd send me an e-mail about a mysql service not starting in a server we administer. I started taking a look around…nothing seemed suspicious.
I tried uninstalling and re-installing mysql-server-5.0 a few times and I always got this kind of output from apt-get:

Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.
Starting MySQL database server: mysqld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . failed!
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action “start” failed.
dpkg: error processing mysql-server-5.0 (–configure):
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states… Done
Reading task descriptions… Done