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I'm practically an expert with setting up a WAMP server and installing various local sites to test content management systems.  I should start out stating that I have successfully installed Joomla! on this server, and have served it out to my home network.  

However, when I attempt the first steps of installing Drupal, which similarly use the MySQL database for all the necessary tables, I get into an infinite loop.  All the permissions are correct - I cross-referenced against my successful Joomla installation - the darn thing just won't "take". It brings me back to the same screen, prompting me for the same information.

Now, if I deliberately feed the installation false information or bad permissions, I get the error messages I expect to get.

I've also researched this issue extensively, using Google primarily, and the Drupal discussion boards.  None of their solutions work (inputing into the settings.php document directly doesn't do the trick).  I've looked here: http://drupal.org/node/264985 , and here: http://drupal.org/node/342968 , and of course, these don't work either.  Or, I need my hand held to get it working right, I guess.

Any help with a solution or a work-around is greatly appreciated.  I can post add'l information upon request, if it helps.

TIA
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by:v2Media
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Can you post the versions of everything? Drupal, MySQL, PHP, Windows and how you have the site configured to run in IIS...
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correction: how you have the site configured to run in apache...
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Apache 2.2.11
PHP 5.2.9-2
MySQL 5.1.33
on Windows XP SP3


All running in the latest WAMP server.

And, what do you mean, how I have my site configured to run in Apache?  
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As localhost
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Drupal version?
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Drupal 6.10
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Install requires two files with write access; ./sites/default/default.settings.php and ./sites/default/settings.php. settings.php is just a duplicate of default.settings.php.

If you dont have these two files, an fopen() warning is issued and subsequent calls to header() fail and could result in an infinate loop.

Please check that you have these two files in ./sites/default and check that you have all the required file permissions for an install.
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@v2Media:

I was under the impression that default.settings.php is to be name-changed to settings.php.  The default.settings.php is not necessary in the installation process, and simply sits there for the administrator to alter the name of.  That's how I've done it in the past, and it has worked that way.

However, I'll try your method out tonight.  Thanks for the input.
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Unfortunately that's not true in the case of 6.10. Take a look at includes/install.inc line 176. default.settings.php IS required. Without it you get the above mentioned errors.
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Thanks for the help, v2Media.  That was the issue.  It works like a champ now.  I wonder, when did they switch?
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No idea. I know little about Drupal, never used it; but I know a lot about php.

Seeing as though this install went onto an intranet, you should configure PHP to report all errors. If php were reportinging all errors, you would have had the solution in your face the first time you ran the installer.

http://php.net/manual/en/errorfunc.configuration.php
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Again, many thanks!
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