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so, you tried to install a mod and now you see an error one one or more pages:
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After attempting to install a mod you get this error on one or more pages:
  
 
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare....
 
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare....
  
This means that the mod has been installed (at least) twice. The code has two copies of some function and it throws an error when it reaches the second copy and tries to tell the system to "know" the name of the function.
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This means that the mod has been installed (at least) twice. The code has two or more copies of some function and it throws an error when it reaches the second copy and tries to tell the system to "know" the name of the function.
  
What can you do?  
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What can you do?
  
If you took a backup before you installed the mod, then you are all set! Restore the backup and move on.
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If you made a backup before you installed the mod, simply restore it.
  
if you did not take a backup, you will have to manually parse the mod which is causing the error(s) and then go through each and every edit, making certain to remove any code which is duplicated. (Sometimes the code duplication is not a fatal error, it just duplicates a variable assignment, or the display code - but in all cases, duplicate code is bad.) Depending on the mod, this may be a time-consuming task... remember to take a backup before attempting to install a mod, next time.
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If you did not make a backup, you will have to manually parse the mod which is causing the error(s) and then go through each and every edit, making certain to remove any code which is duplicated. (Sometimes the code duplication is not a fatal error, it just duplicates a variable assignment, or the display code - but in all cases, duplicate code causes problems.) Depending on the mod, this may be a time-consuming task.
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Always remember to make a backup before attempting to install a mod.
  
 
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Revision as of 15:03, 13 July 2015

After attempting to install a mod you get this error on one or more pages:

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare....

This means that the mod has been installed (at least) twice. The code has two or more copies of some function and it throws an error when it reaches the second copy and tries to tell the system to "know" the name of the function.

What can you do?

If you made a backup before you installed the mod, simply restore it.

If you did not make a backup, you will have to manually parse the mod which is causing the error(s) and then go through each and every edit, making certain to remove any code which is duplicated. (Sometimes the code duplication is not a fatal error, it just duplicates a variable assignment, or the display code - but in all cases, duplicate code causes problems.) Depending on the mod, this may be a time-consuming task.

Always remember to make a backup before attempting to install a mod.