php artisan serve gives me PHP parse error , syntax error , unexpected '=' in Arr.php on line 388

Debian 9 Apache 2 MariaDb PHP 7.0.33 installed composer installed laravel globally

Attempted to update to PHP 7.2 by… sudo apt update sudo apt install php7.2 but get error unable to locate package

the Arr.php file is in \vendor\laravel\framework\src\Illuminate\Support

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Bobby Iliev
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July 15, 2019
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Indeed I believe that this is due to the PHP version, can you confirm your current PHP version?

You could try following the steps here on how to install PHP 7.2 on Debain:

Hope that this helps! Bobby