I’m getting the exact same errors, at the exact same point. DB permissions are right. Folders are all 777 (I’m just testing wpmu, not running it in production; don’t panic). I have WP standard (an alpha 1.3 build) running on the same machine with no problems.
Yet if I go to wp-inst/wp-admin/install.php, enter my name and email, click Continue to Second Step, I get these exact SQL-syntax-error messages, and I too get the site-creation email.
I’m using the Jan. 12 snapshot. Help?