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Request #39615 Exception code can not be string
Submitted: 2006-11-24 11:33 UTC Modified: 2015-06-06 16:08 UTC
Avg. Score:3.7 ± 1.1
Reproduced:13 of 13 (100.0%)
Same Version:4 (30.8%)
Same OS:7 (53.8%)
From: marcos dot neves at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: * OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2006-11-24 11:33 UTC] marcos dot neves at gmail dot com
The follow code is ok, cause 123, even as a string, it can be convert to number.
new Exception("Message", "123");

The follow is not ok.
new Exception("Message", "NotNumber");

PHP is not a typed language, why Exception must have a number as code?

The problem is that error code doesn?t means "Number error code" but could be a string error code, like mysql 5.1 uses.

Check the follow reproduce able code.

Reproduce code:


$host = "localhost";
$dbName = "test";
$user = "root";
$passwd = "";
$mysqlDsn = "mysql:host=$host;$dbName";

$pdo = new PDO($mysqlDsn, $user, $passwd);
try {
	$pdo->query("SELECT version");
}catch(Exception $e){
	$code = $e->getCode(); // 42S22
	echo "<pre>";
	var_dump($code); // string(5) "42S22"
	throw new Exception($e->getMessage(), $code);


Expected result:
The follow line, should accept the $code var, but doesn?t.
throw new Exception($e->getMessage(), $code);

It?s not consistent, since the Exception object constructor can?t accept a non number as code, but it can return.


$msg = $catchedPdoMysqlException->getMessage();
$code = $catchedPdoMysqlException->getCode();

new Exception($msg, $code); // $code is not valid one.

Actual result:
Exception code, should accept non numbers as a code value, as mysql does.


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 [2010-08-04 05:22 UTC] bryan at ravensight dot org
Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS \n \l
PHP 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.2 with Suhosin-Patch (cli) (built: May 13 2010 20:01:00) 
MySQL Server version: 5.1.41-3ubuntu12.5 (Ubuntu)

When executing a statement which generates:

SQLSTATE[23000]: Integrity constraint violation: 1062 Duplicate entry '{REDACTED}' for key 'PRIMARY'

The following test does not pass when the exception is caught:

if ($exception->getCode() === 23000)

However, the following code DOES pass when the exception is caught:

if ((int)$exception->getCode() === 23000)

The API documentation for getCode() states that it returns an integer and that is clearly not the case in this example.

I merely request that the function and the documentation be consistent.
 [2011-01-01 23:40 UTC]
-Summary: Exception code cant be string +Summary: Exception code can not be string -Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: Scripting Engine problem -Operating System: ANY +Operating System: *
 [2011-04-25 18:41 UTC] bandy dot chris at gmail dot com
Related to bug 51742.

Allowing a non-numeric $code in the Exception constructor seems like the right solution.
 [2015-06-06 16:08 UTC]
-PHP Version: 5.2.0 +PHP Version: *
 [2015-06-06 16:08 UTC]
> Allowing a non-numeric $code in the Exception constructor seems
> like the right solution.

That might constitute a considerable BC break, and would probably
require an RFC.
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