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Bug #31905 Memory Limit bypasses set_error_handler
Submitted: 2005-02-09 19:00 UTC Modified: 2005-02-09 22:34 UTC
From: ceo at l-i-e dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: *Programming Data Structures
PHP Version: 4.3.10 OS: FreeBSD 4.10-STABLE
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-02-09 19:00 UTC] ceo at l-i-e dot com
set_error_handle seems totally ineffective for Memory Limit settings.

Reproduce code:
ini_set('memory_limit', '32K');
ini_set('error_reporting', 0);
echo "Memory Limit: ", ini_get('memory_limit'), "\n";
echo "Memory Used: ", memory_get_usage(), "\n";
function error_handler($error, $message, $file, $line){
  echo "Error ($error) in $file:$line - $message\n";
  return true;

trigger_error("Test", E_USER_NOTICE);

$str = str_repeat('a', 1024);
while (true){
  echo '.';
  $str .= $str;
echo "\nMade it!\n";

Expected result:
I expected to see the same error message PHP usually reports, more or less, and then "Made it!".

Actual result:
-bash-2.05b$ php test.php 
Content-type: text/html
X-Powered-By: PHP/4.3.10

Memory Limit: 32K
Memory Used: 13432
Error (1024) in /www/ - Test

Note that my test error message comes out, and PHP continues, but upon reaching memory limit, it just dies, with no call to my error handler.

I'm not sure that a soft limit imposed should necessarily be considered non-recoverable...

Though I can see how even trying to call the function at that point is problematic, in terms of not triggering the error again in an infinite loop...

Still, it would be nice to be able to trap this and do something useful rather than just die, if possible.


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 [2005-02-09 22:34 UTC]
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memory limit error is a fatal E_ERROR that cannot be captured by php's error handler.
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