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first time on this side of the fence, hope I'm in the right place.

I'm trying to do a fresh Magento 1.6.0 install on a week old Mint 14 Debian install.

The database seems to have connected (although it has not been written to) and all php dependencies seem to be in place (I have managed to get an existing install up and running on the same stack).

I have a public_html file in ~/ and the apache2 conf redirect seems to work, other localhost functions work as expected and as noted I have another working instance of Magento on the same server.

I have set permissions recursively to 777 on all folders in the ~/public_html/myinstall folder (This should probably be 755 ? but it's simply an install to test plugins). I have included https://github.com/neilbradley/Magento-htaccess-Boilerplate/

My thinking at this point is it has something to do with the permissions apache is writing to the magento/var/session files- these are being created with -rw------ (600 i believe?). I have tried adding my local user to the www-data group.

uid=1000(reduked) gid=1000(reduked) groups=1000(reduked),4(adm),24(cdrom),27(sudo),30(dip),33(www-data),46(plugdev),107(lpadmin),125(sambashare)

And restarted apache2 (It throws an error "apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using 127.0.1.1 for ServerName" although my guess is this is not relate) Which seems to have no effect, if I delete the sessions files and refresh the page they are still written with the 600 permission. And I still get the

 Error 310 (net::ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS): There were too many redirects.

Which comes after GET 302 GET 302 GET 302 ' GET pending (failed)

I'm kinda losing my hair so if anyone has any suggestions, or even wants to let me know if I'm barking up the wrong tree, I would be much obliged.

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