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Magento SUPEE-7405 Parse Error

Applying the new SUPEE-7405 patch to Magento 1.7.0.2 (and probably other versions) results in a parse error in the sales order view page (admin/sales_order/view/order_id) if the site is running under PHP5.3. Here’s the error message:

The offending line is:

it can be changed to:

PHP 5.3 does not support the “[]” syntax for array initialization. Of course you should not be running PHP 5.3!

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Plesk 12 / CentOS / PHP 5.3 Issue Causes “abrt” Crash From Yum

Recent on servers with Plesk 12 and the PHP 5.3 distribution from Odin, we’re seeing “abrt” crash reports from Yum with a back trace like:

Until Odin fixes their repository the only way to get updates to proceed normally is to disable the PHP 5.3 repository by editing:

And adding this line:

Since PHP 5.3 is EOL there aren’t any updates expected so disabling the repository should not cause problems.

 

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Upgrade CURL

The Yoast SEO plugin in WordPress has started advising users to upgrade curl to the latest version. On CentoOS this can be done easily using the city-fan.org repo here:

http://www.city-fan.org/ftp/contrib/yum-repo/

For a CentOS 6 server, here are the steps:

 

 

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Using PHP composer.phar With Non-default PHP Install

Composer for PHP is an increasingly popular tool for managing packages within a PHP application.  Here’s a link for more information:

https://getcomposer.org/

On many of our Plesk servers we have multiple PHP versions install. The default at /usr/bin/php is provided by the Linux distribution and then there are additional version installed at /opt/plesk/php. Plesk lets us easily select the PHP version for each hosted website. But you can run into problems with composer using the wrong PHP version. A typical composer command might be:

or

To make our alternate PHP version work we need to instead do something like this:

So we override the default PHP by adding our preferred version to the front of the path.

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Apache2 With mod_fcgid On CentOS 6.2

Need mod_fcgid on a CentOS 6.2 or similar server? Check out this great how-to:

https://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-set-up-apache2-with-mod_fcgid-and-php5-on-centos-6.2

I especially like the use of suexec.

This howto worked on the first try! There are not many actual working mod_fcgid howtos!

One issue that I did run into is the default MaxRequestLen is 131768 which is way to low so had to add this line:

to /etc/httpd/conf.d/fcgid.conf.

 

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