I've updated my website to drupal 7.18 this morning, and after neatly uploading all the files from the zip after deleting the existing ones i got the wsod. I activated the error messages and then I got this:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '*' in /opt/www/www.mywebsite.com/htdocs/includes/file.inc on line 1800
this seems an odd error since there is no * in lin 1800 of that file, so I'm guessing a random error is displayed to indicate there's something wrong. I just don't know what it is. Can anyone help? I reported an issue on the drupal core project page but since it's not a bug in the core they don't seem to want to help out. Meanwhile I'm stuck with a dead website while I think a more experienced drupal user could easily figure out what's wrong. Or not, I don't know.... But I hope someone out there can help.