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Doc Bug #42349 -r command line switch doesn't work as documented
Submitted: 2007-08-20 12:45 UTC Modified: 2007-08-20 14:42 UTC
From: mjs at beebo dot org Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Documentation problem
PHP Version: 5.2.3 OS: Windows
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2007-08-20 12:45 UTC] mjs at beebo dot org
The example command-line invocation of PHP described on:

doesn't work:

C:\server\php-5.2.3>php -r 'print_r(get_defined_constants());'
PHP Parse error:  syntax error, unexpected $end in Command line code on line 1

Reproduce code:
php -r 'print_r(get_defined_constants());'

Expected result:
A dump of PHP constants.

Actual result:
PHP error message.


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 [2007-08-20 12:58 UTC]
Obviously documentation is mostly written by people who don't use Windows. IIRC, under windows you need to use double quotes around the code. ie. This works on win32:

php -r "print_r(get_defined_constants());"
 [2007-08-20 14:42 UTC]
Sorry, but your problem does not imply a bug in PHP itself.  For a
list of more appropriate places to ask for help using PHP, please
visit as this bug system is not the
appropriate forum for asking support questions.  Due to the volume
of reports we can not explain in detail here why your report is not
a bug.  The support channels will be able to provide an explanation
for you.

Thank you for your interest in PHP.

You should know how to use your OS command-line.
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