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Old 08-23-2019, 08:13 AM   #1
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Getting PHP Parse error on Virtual Server


So I set up a virtual server on Ubuntu.
I uploaded a webpage in PHP which had no errors on the another Ubuntu server and on my local computer but for some reason shows a parse error on the Ubuntu Virtual server. So I'm wondering what the possibilities are for causing this error because I know for a fact the webpage has no errors unless different Ubuntu versions have different set of rules. Because the other OS I tested the webpage on is a slightly different linux distribution but same PHP version that is PHP7.
 
Old 08-23-2019, 08:45 AM   #2
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So I set up a virtual server on Ubuntu.
I uploaded a webpage in PHP which had no errors on the another Ubuntu server and on my local computer but for some reason shows a parse error on the Ubuntu Virtual server. So I'm wondering what the possibilities are for causing this error because I know for a fact the webpage has no errors unless different Ubuntu versions have different set of rules. Because the other OS I tested the webpage on is a slightly different linux distribution but same PHP version that is PHP7.
Since you don't say what version of Ubuntu, or tell us anything about your script, or even the actual error, who knows?? Have you done any troubleshooting? Looked at the Apache and PHP log files? Checked the Apache versions?

Post your script along with the actual errors and some details, and we can try to help. But based on what you posted, there's nothing we can tell you.
 
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:55 AM   #3
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There are many possibilities and all we basically know is there is something different between the two environments.

Something is not installed, installed incorrectly or configured incorrectly.
PHP is not configured correctly.
Apache or whatever web server is running is not configured correctly.

You will need to go back and reexamine the error and your script and hopefully it will become obvious why it isn't working as expected.
 
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:58 AM   #4
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There are many possibilities and all we basically know is there is something different between the two environments.

Something is not installed, installed incorrectly or configured incorrectly.
PHP is not configured correctly.
Apache or whatever web server is running is not configured correctly.

You will need to go back and reexamine the error and your script and hopefully it will become obvious why it isn't working as expected.
Thanks a lot I will check now as to the version I'm using and php installation, I thought it could be something like that
just wanted to confirm.
PHP Parse Error: syntax error unexpected '}', expecting end of file in /var/www/file.php

I'm using the latest version of ubuntu which is 19.
 
Old 08-23-2019, 10:24 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot I will check now as to the version I'm using and php installation, I thought it could be something like that
just wanted to confirm.
PHP Parse Error: syntax error unexpected '}', expecting end of file in /var/www/file.php

I'm using the latest version of ubuntu which is 19.
Well, seems simple enough; you have a typo in your code. How did you put this 'file.php' onto your new server??
 
Old 08-23-2019, 11:20 AM   #6
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Sometimes it is <? instead of <?php
Edit:
<? often works; <?php always works

Last edited by NevemTeve; 08-23-2019 at 12:32 PM.
 
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:15 PM   #7
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Well, seems simple enough; you have a typo in your code. How did you put this 'file.php' onto your new server??
Uploaded by sftp.
 
Old 08-23-2019, 12:28 PM   #8
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Sometimes it is <? instead of <?php
Really? I heard that it was the opposite.
 
Old 08-23-2019, 12:31 PM   #9
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Really? I heard that it was the opposite.
Depends on version of PHP.
 
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:33 PM   #10
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To be clear: <? often works (depends on a php.ini setting); <?php always works
 
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:36 PM   #11
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Finally found the error now folks, thanks a lot yeah.
It was this demon here <? that I had to change to this <?php
Though I don't understand why some linux version treat the matter differently.
 
Old 08-23-2019, 01:05 PM   #12
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I don't understand why some linux version treat the matter differently.
Not Linux versions; PHP versions.
And the answer to that is in the previous post.
 
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:48 PM   #13
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It depends on distribution / version if the short open tag <? is enabled or disabled by default. Although I had read that with version 7.0 it was deprecated although from the posted PHP page it has not.
 
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