Akeeba Backup for WordPress

#23342 Change to PHP version not recognised

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Latest post by [email protected] on Thursday, 01 October 2015 05:09 CDT

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I can't provide a log as I can't access the full Akeeba dashboard owing to the php version error which says that it has detected PHP version 5.3.28. As a result, a few days ago, I updated the PHP version to 5.4 (x.y. format option only) which didn't seem to be detected as the error message continued to appear - nor did this change when I updated the PHP version again to 5.5

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You have not changed the PHP version. The version detection is performed by checking the PHP_VERSION constant (set by PHP itself) against '5.4.0' using PHP's own version_compare() function. In so many words, PHP itself tells us that it is version 5.3.28. As you see we don't detect the PHP version, we ask PHP itself to tell us which version it uses. Please ask your host to upgrade the PHP version on your site.

Finally do note that even if you upgrade your site's version of PHP your CRON jobs will still be running under an older PHP version until you change the path to the PHP binary (the first part of the CRON job's command line which looks like /usr/bin/php). If that's the case you need to ask your host to give you the correct path to the PHP 5.4 or PHP 5.5 CLI (not CGI/FastCGI!) binary on your server.

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

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[email protected]
Thanks Nick. I've taken it up with my hosts and have asked them to change the PHP version for me and thanks for heads up about the CRON jobs. Jamie

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