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Bug #45956 parse_ini_file() does not return false with syntax errors in parsed file
Submitted: 2008-08-30 18:59 UTC Modified: 2008-08-31 00:21 UTC
From: bugs at timj dot co dot uk Assigned: jani (profile)
Status: Closed Package: Filesystem function related
PHP Version: 5CVS, 6CVS (2008-08-31) OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2008-08-30 18:59 UTC] bugs at timj dot co dot uk
This seems to be a design error rather than a bug: parse_ini_file() does not provide any way to handle errors gracefully. In the event of a syntax error, it throws an E_WARNING *but* the return value is simply an empty array (the same as a - valid - empty file) instead of FALSE. Thus there is no way to trap the error (via @ prefix) and handle it in a more graceful way than an E_WARNING.

I would argue that changing the return value to FALSE in the case of an invalid file is a reasonable change, since the only situations it will break are ones where currently PHP throws a warning anyway.

Reproduce code:
This is what it would be nice to be able to do:

$ini = @parse_ini_file('some_invalid.ini');
if ($ini === false) {
   // error: do something graceful
// normal execution

Expected result:
The code section "// do something graceful" executes

Actual result:
The code section "// normal execution" executes


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 [2008-08-30 22:41 UTC]
It's a bug. Oversight, but bug nevertheless.
 [2008-08-31 00:21 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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