Joomla - Getting Joomla 1 to Work on Modern PHP

By Jack Szwergold • October 5, 2015

If you somehow have the misfortune to deal with keeping an ancient Joomla 1.0 install up and running on a modern server running Apache with PHP 5.3 or higher, this is what you need to do.

First, edit /includes/Cache/Lite/Function.php.

Open up the /includes/Cache/Lite/Function.phpv

nano /var/www/joomla_1_x/includes/Cache/Lite/Function.php

Find this chunk of code:

$arguments = func_get_args();

And replace it with this code:

$arguments = func_get_args();
$numargs = func_num_args();
for($i=1; $i < $numargs; $i++){
  $arguments[$i] = &$arguments[$i];

Next, edit /includes/vcard.class.php.

Open up the /includes/vcard.class.php file like this:

sudo nano /var/www/joomla_1_x/includes/vcard.class.php

Now wrap the code around lines 38 to 77 in this conditional:

  /* line 38 to 77 */