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Installation hell :-(


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23 March 2007 at 11:37am Community Member, 3 Posts

Having real trouble installing to test. First I got this error:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CONSTANT_ENCAPSED_STRING in /home/sites/ on line 513

Then found out I need to trigger php5 which I did with this script in my htaccess

Then I get this prob:
Please set the PHP option short_open_tag to true, restart your webserver, and then refresh your browser to continue.

I tried to fix this by adding a php.ini & php5.ini in the install folder. It kinda made a difference. Now I get this page:
But is displays either a 404 error or the whole install.php file as text :-(


23 March 2007 at 4:17pm Administrator, 685 Posts

From the sounds of things it's having trouble setting up rewriting rules on your host

You need to make sure that AllowOverride all is set up in your httpd.conf file.


23 March 2007 at 9:44pm (Last edited: 23 March 2007 10:15pm), Community Member, 3 Posts

AllowOverride is already configured on our servers. :-(

What can I try next. really want to get this working and test it. Do I need any filepermissions set?

I deleted the mysql, deleted all the files and reinstalled with all settings running as above. Now my install page just gives me a blank.....


23 March 2007 at 11:37pm Forum Moderator, 628 Posts

Seems like PHP is crashing? Even if you have mod_rewrite and allowoverride failing should be able to access your homepage via

yet this isn't working...


24 March 2007 at 12:46am Community Member, 3 Posts

So have I done everything I can or is there anything else I can try? Sorry to be a pain but this cms looks great. I am a Joomla fan but this seems a bit simpler to use especially for some of my clients. Would really like to get to the bottom of this.

I guess my main prob is I run virtual hosts so its hard to get certain php/apache function changed.


30 March 2007 at 9:16pm Forum Moderator, 628 Posts

can you try our dailybuild and see what happens then? it has far better installation checking and will help identify if we're on top of this problem :)