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PHP version 8 support

ltempest 113
April 13 2021, 17:01 #396245
Can you give any timeline as to when ChronoForms will be available for php 8? I have tried installing version 7 and it fails with errors when trying to create a new form.
Is there a new release due soon to address PHP 8 issues?
innova 41
April 19 2021, 15:52 #396274
Hello, any news about this?
I'd like to update my website to php 8 but if I do that Chronoforms (v7) doesn't work.
Thank you.
innova 41
September 21 2021, 14:19 #397108
any news about Chronoform v7 and PHP v8?
Thank you.
Elitakey 372
October 09 2021, 05:27 #397213
hello to ALL Chronoforms community!

It seems that Max, as far as I know - the only developer of Chronoforms has dissapeared for almost 5 months now... Last time I heard from him was May.
So far for that there is Joomla4 and PHP8 already introduced; I would suggest all the community to join hands and help Chronoforms to live further till Max will be able to take over.
Many of members have huge (including me) projects realized with Chronoforms that is still the most poverful, user - friendly tool. I must admit that last couple of months I have been searching for similar tool - and did not find any - there is not such tool available!!!
So - my suggestion is - lets everybody make an effort to give Chronoforms to live further.

Here are my findings so far:

1. There are some minor changes (code hacks) needed (at least I found so far; still testing) to switch to PHP 8; that I will describe later;
2. Joomla 3.10.x versions are transitions from Joomla 3 to Joomla 4 - that means that it contains BOTH new and depreciated code AND will be supported for 2 more years (August 17, 2023). Til then, hope, Max will be back.
3. Joomla 4 have many major changes and needs further investigation of CF code to make it work; still hope that Max will soon take over; till then any knowledge of the CF community would be appreciated; We can post here or make another post to share our findings.

About the hacks to continue CF working on PHP8:

1. the error "Call to undefined function get_magic_quotes_gpc() "

locate folder /libraries/cegcore2

open gcloader.php

comment block (line 63-71):

function stripslashes_gpc(&$value){
$value = stripslashes($value);
array_walk_recursive($_GET, 'stripslashes_gpc');
array_walk_recursive($_POST, 'stripslashes_gpc');
array_walk_recursive($_COOKIE, 'stripslashes_gpc');
array_walk_recursive($_REQUEST, 'stripslashes_gpc');
2. then you'll get the error "Attempt to modify property "_vars" on null"

open /libraries/cegcore2/libs/helper.php

find and comment two lines:

$this->_vars = &$view->_vars;
$this->data = &$view->data;

replace with:

$this->_vars = "";
if(isset($view->_vars ) && $view->_vars != ""){
$this->_vars = &$view->_vars;
$this->data = "";
if(isset($view->data ) && $view->data != ""){
$this->data = &$view->data;

Unfortunately after installing Connectivity you will have to perform same actions again;

3. to minimize error on view form "Attempt to modify property "_vars" on null"

open /libraries/cegcore2/libs/composer.php

find and comment line $this->_vars = &$app->_vars;

replace with:

$this->_vars = "";
if(isset($app->_vars ) && $app->_vars != ""){
$this->_vars = &$app->_vars;

That is all i found by now.

Let you know if there is something else.

NB! this is for CF6 and CCv6 only; however I do believe this will work for Cf7 too.
The only difference is that cegcore2 there is called chronog3 and is located in /plugins/system/chronog3_plg/chronog3/libs

Please, correct me and add your findings.

Still hope Max will join us soon!!!

Alistair 156
December 18 2021, 07:58 #397636
If all these modification need to be made, plus some testing is still being done, I'll personally just stick to php 7.4.24 for now (Joomla! 3.10.4), where's the harm in that?
GreyHead 65
December 18 2021, 09:36 #397638
Hi Alistair,
Please see this post about CFv7, hopefully we'll get a CFv6 update before too long/
If you'd like to buy me a coffee or two, thank you very much