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Bug #53694 SimpleXMLElement does not read XML declaration line.
Submitted: 2011-01-08 10:04 UTC Modified: 2011-01-08 12:15 UTC
From: jamone_95134 at yahoo dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.3.5 OS: Windows XP
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2011-01-08 10:04 UTC] jamone_95134 at yahoo dot com
Description:
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From manual page: http://www.php.net/simplexml.examples-basic
---
When I run the first example I get the following errors:

$ php test1.php

Warning: SimpleXMLElement::__construct(): Entity: line 1: parser error : XML 
declaration allowed only at the start of th
e document in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on line 4

Warning: SimpleXMLElement::__construct():       <?xml version="1.0" 
encoding="utf-8"?> in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on li
ne 4

Warning: SimpleXMLElement::__construct():            ^ in 
D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on line 4

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 'String could not be 
parsed as XML' in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php
:4
Stack trace:
#0 D:\php_src\XML\test1.php(4): SimpleXMLElement->__construct('?<?xml 
version=...')
#1 {main}
  thrown in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on line 4


If I remove the <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> line from the example.php 
file it runs ok.

So how do we handle the declaration line for xml files with SimpleXMLElement?

Test script:
---------------
Just running example 2 from http://www.php.net/manual/en/simplexml.examples-basic.php

Expected result:
----------------
Expected result:

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of a documentary.

Actual result:
--------------
$ php test1.php

Warning: SimpleXMLElement::__construct(): Entity: line 1: parser error : XML 
declaration allowed only at the start of th
e document in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on line 4

Warning: SimpleXMLElement::__construct():       <?xml version="1.0" 
encoding="utf-8"?> in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on li
ne 4

Warning: SimpleXMLElement::__construct():            ^ in 
D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on line 4

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 'String could not be 
parsed as XML' in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php
:4
Stack trace:
#0 D:\php_src\XML\test1.php(4): SimpleXMLElement->__construct('?<?xml 
version=...')
#1 {main}
  thrown in D:\php_src\XML\test1.php on line 4


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 [2011-01-08 12:15 UTC] rrichards@php.net
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 [2011-01-08 12:15 UTC] rrichards@php.net
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