I was installing Magento, unzipped the files to a folder and accessed the URL but instead of getting the installation wizard I got 500 error. After much research I found that the issue was due to file permissions.
I had set the following permissions as per http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/magento-installation-cheat-sheet
- – file: magento/var/.htaccess
- – directory: magento/app/etc
- – directory: magento/var
- – all the directories under: magento/media
but I got 500 error. There were some other file permissions that I had to set to make it work. Here the complete set of permissions required to make it work.
- all the directories under magento/media
- all other files
Detailed Magento installations instructions can be found at http://www.magentocommerce.com/wiki/1_-_installation_and_configuration/magento_installation_guide
Installation cheat sheet: http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/magento-installation-cheat-sheet