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Bug #47734 simple_xml_load string fails without error message when encooding broken
Submitted: 2009-03-20 16:54 UTC Modified: 2009-04-09 01:00 UTC
Avg. Score:3.8 ± 1.0
Reproduced:3 of 4 (75.0%)
Same Version:2 (66.7%)
Same OS:0 (0.0%)
From: cupidle at gmx dot de Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.2.9 OS: WinXP SP2
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-03-20 16:54 UTC] cupidle at gmx dot de
When simplexml_load_string fails loading xml it returns FALSE. 

An error message should be available via error_get_last. This is not the case when certain encoding errors are encountered.

Reproduce code:
I'm using this code to gracefully fall back on encoding errors:

    $xml = simplexml_load_string($data);

    // character encoding warning- hack
    if ($xml === false) 
        $error = error_get_last();
        // this is nasty- sometimes simplexml_load_string fails but doesn't raise an error
#        if (eregi('simplexml_load_string', $error['message']))
            $xml = simplexml_load_string(utf8_encode($data));

Expected result:
This does _sometimes_ work (i.e. call the innermost, encoded version), but not always. For example, simplexml_load_string silently fails without error message when processing data from amazon like this:

Actual result:
simplexml_load_string returns FALSE, but does not return error message.


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 [2009-04-01 11:38 UTC]
Thank you for this bug report. To properly diagnose the problem, we
need a short but complete example script to be able to reproduce
this bug ourselves. 

A proper reproducing script starts with <?php and ends with ?>,
is max. 10-20 lines long and does not require any external 
resources such as databases, etc. If the script requires a 
database to demonstrate the issue, please make sure it creates 
all necessary tables, stored procedures etc.

Please avoid embedding huge scripts into the report.

 [2009-04-09 01:00 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
No feedback was provided for this bug for over a week, so it is
being suspended automatically. If you are able to provide the
information that was originally requested, please do so and change
the status of the bug back to "Open".
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