PHP Error Handling

PHP Error Handling

We already know types of errors in out previous PHP tutorial. In this PHP tutorial we will learn how to handle errors in php.
An error is a unwanted result of program. Error is a type of mistake.

Any website or progrm error handling is an important part.
Error handling is the technque of catching errors occured by the program and so some action.

Types of error handling methods:

  • Simple die() function
  • Custom error handling function

PHP die() function

PHP die() function : Using die() function, When error occur in program the program will stop further execution of code and generate proper error message on user screen.
The die() function display a message and stop the further program execution.
The die() function is a simple and basic error handling mechanism in PHP.

PHP die() function syntax


PHP die() Function Example

In below example we use fopen() function to open text file in write mode, But the text file does not exists at specified location, then the code generate system error message.


$myfile = fopen(“meera.txt”,”w”);


Above code generate system warning message:
No file or directory found.

To handle this types of error message we must check if file exists or not before use it.

We can use here die() function to prevent above error.

In above code if the “meera.txt” file does nto exists on location then die() function print error message like ” File Not Found !!” , and exit the current program.

PHP Custom Error Handling Function

In custom error handling we create own function to handling any errors in php. When any error occurs in program the function will be called.
This function can have maximum up to five parameter and minimum two parameters.

Error Function Syntax:


In above syntax we must write two parameter : error_level and error_message other are optional.

Custom Error Handling Parameter

  • error_level : Specifies the error report level for the user-defined error. Must be a value number.
  • error_message : Specifies the error message for the user-defined error
  • error_file : Specifies the filename in error occurred.
  • error_line : Specifies the line number where error occurred.
  • error_context : Specifies an array containing every variable and their values in use when error occurred.

Error Report Level

The report levels are the different types of error the user-defined error handler can be used for.

1 .E_ERROR : Fatal run-time errors. Execution of the script is halted
2 E_WARNONG : Non-fatal run-time errors. Execution of he script is not halted.
4 E_PARSE : Compile-time parse errors. Parse errors should only be generated by the parser.
8 E_NOTICE : Run-time notices. The script found something that might be an error, but could also happen when running a script normally.
16 E_CORE_ERROR : Fatal errors that occur during PHP’s initial start-up.
32 E_CORE_WARNING : Non-fatal run-time errors. This occurs during PHP’s initial start-up.
256 E_USER_ERROR : Fatal user-generated error. This is like an E_ERROR set by the programmer using the PHP function trigger_error().
512 E_USER_WARNING : Non-fatal user-generated warning. This is like an E_WARNING set by the programmer using the PHP function trigger_error().
1024 E_USER_NOTICE : User-generated notice. This is like an E_NOTICE set by the programmer using the PHP function trigger_error().
4096 E_RECOVERABLE_ERROR : Catchable fatal error. This is like an E_ERROR but can be caught by a user defined handle (see also set_error_handler()).
8191 E_ALL : All errors and warnings, except level E_STRICT (E_STRICT will be part of E_ALL as of PHP 6.0).

The default error handler is the built in error handler in php. but we try to handle some of errors using custom error handler then we need to set it using PHP built-in library set_error_handler function.

set_error_handler(“Custom Error”);


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