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I'm having issues just getting CiviCRM installed.

This is a Drupal 7.55 install. I got as far as installing CiviCRM as a module but the next step is to go to the install/index.php file and that is where I get my HTTP 500 error.

Looking at the apache error log it is a PHP parse error

PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected 'clone' (T_CLONE), expecting '('

and then a link to this file

/civicrm/packages/DB/DataObject.php(207) : eval()'d code on line 1

Can someone help me out with this?

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  • care to clarify why this is tagged webform-civicrm?
    – petednz - fuzion
    Jun 14, 2017 at 20:48
  • I couldn't figure it out the tags as using civicrm in the tag gave a short list that none seemed to be appropriate. Realized not using civicrm in tag gives more options. Really sorry about that. Didn't realize it
    – John M
    Jun 14, 2017 at 21:36
  • no worries, just trying to help.
    – petednz - fuzion
    Jun 14, 2017 at 22:23
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    The line that's breaking it is pretty messed up, eval('function clone($t) { $r = $t; if (method_exists($r,"__clone")) { $r->__clone(); } return $r; }');`. Clone is a reserved work ever since I started working with PHP, so I'm guessing this code is pretty old. AFAIK CiviCRM is not fully tested with PHP7, you might save yourself a lot of effort by downgrading to 5.6
    – mickadoo
    Jun 15, 2017 at 9:27
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    I downgraded the version of php to 5.6 and now the link works and I get to a page to start the database config. Hopefully, rest will work fine The CiviCRM requirements should mention that it doesn't work with 7. I interpreted 5.3.3+ and anything higher than that and 7 was the default for my setup. Anyway thank you very much
    – John M
    Jun 15, 2017 at 19:28

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