As seen here http://rhetoric.gregfolkert.net/phpinfo.php (only there till it is fingered out) gives the output of what is installed for PHP. Yes it is a virtual host...
But other vhosts on the machine work just fine. Until I moved them.
The problem I am having can be seen when http://rhetoric.gregfolkert.net/wp-admin/install.php is "run". It wants to download the file rather than pre-process it. I thought the problem was with the Debianized install of WP 2.0.4-1, but the problem persists with the clean install and download from WP.
The wp-config.php is just fine and proper.