View Full Version : Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ';'

11-17-2012, 07:11 PM
Hello....I'm working on a wordpress site, and changed one small section in the functions page and received the parse error, taking the entire site down. :eek:

so I changed it back. got the same parse error.

i then recopied the entire fuctions.php file and pasted it in the WP editor, and still...the same error.

can anyone please please please tell me what the parse error is?

this is the functions.php file in my paste bin

this is the entire errorParse error: syntax error, unexpected ';' in /home/elysseq/public_html/wp-content/themes/monicaburnsv2/functions.php on line 378

this is line 378

echo get_avatar( $comment, $avatar_size );

and this is the site www.monicaburns.com

I'd very much appreciate any assistance...

11-17-2012, 07:31 PM
I think it's inside the function somewhere and as you've not posted that..

11-17-2012, 07:36 PM
this is the entire functions file...


11-17-2012, 07:43 PM
Maybe so but that is not where get_avatar() is defined.

As I told you previously, you have not posted the code for that. There is little point trying to point me to the same source that I have already looked at. I've already used 'Find' in Notepad++ and get_avatar is only found once in that code - line 378. It is not found anywhere else which means that get_avatar() is defined elsewhere.

You did say this was a wordpress site so maybe its in a wordpress file you've tinkered with.

11-17-2012, 07:53 PM
.avatar {}
#small-bc {margin: 0px 20px 0px 0px;float:left; width:150px;font-size:90%;text-align:center; font-weight:bold;}
#small-bc img {display:block; margin: 0 auto 0 auto; border: 1px solid #000000;}
#small-bc-text {margin: 0px; padding-left: 150px;}
.stat {color: #01394C;}

this is in the stylesheet, along with several other stylings.

it is here in content-single.php

<div id="author-avatar">
<?php echo get_avatar( get_the_author_meta( 'user_email' ), apply_filters( 'monicaburns_author_bio_avatar_size', 68 ) ); ?>
</div><!-- #author-avatar -->

although that's just an author avatar...

and I don't see it anywhere else when I do a search on all of the php files.

11-17-2012, 08:06 PM
Well in content-single.php that is just another call to it using functions as parameters. It is not the function itself.

It may well be the case that the fault is in your functions file but I've looked and can't find anything glaringly obvious hence my suspicion about the file that contains this function.

Usually, unexpected errors usually mean the line above or below. In your functions file those are both ok hence my suspicions.

You really need to use the undo option on your editor and go all the way back to the start..

11-17-2012, 08:10 PM
Unfortunately, the functions file I've posted IS the start. I'd been searching as to why her gravatars weren't posting, and had been trying to find a solution on the internet. I pasted in a bit of code from the gravatar website. It didn't do anything, so I replaced it with the regular code and then poof. The parse error.
So I went to the original functions.php file, copied it and pasted it into the wordpress editor.
same error.
now the entire site is down and I've got nowhere to turn and no ideas what else to try.

11-17-2012, 08:24 PM
You do realise that file is missing a ?> at the end don't you?

11-17-2012, 08:31 PM
um...no, I didn't. that should go after this?

add_filter( 'body_class', 'monicaburns_body_classes' );

11-17-2012, 08:34 PM

PHP code has a <?php at the beginning of it and a ?> at the end of it.

11-17-2012, 08:48 PM
thank you for your extreme patience, I'll give that a shot.

11-17-2012, 08:58 PM
sigh. no. but thank you for trying.