I faced this error parse error : syntax error, unexpected "." , expecting "&" or variable (T_VARIABLE) in wp-include/functions.php on line 1081.

This error is because there is two PHP versions loaded on the modules. So we should comment out one of them. So I commented out the php5 module. And everything worked fine.

First step, edit the httpd.conf file using this command.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

Then add a # in front of the php5 module (or one of the two versions of PHP you have). Make sure that one PHP version is enabled.

comment the php5 module in httpd.conf

Then save the file, and restart apache server using this command.

sudo apachectl restart

Want to watch the fix as a video? here it is on YouTube.

This error is common on WordPress local installations. So make sure to understand the cause of it and how to fix it on your local server (LAMP stack).