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Bug #60565 $_SERVER['REQUEST_TIME'] is now a float but lacks a digit in Apache2 SAPI
Submitted: 2011-12-19 17:09 UTC Modified: 2011-12-19 17:45 UTC
From: lolautruche at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Apache2 related
PHP Version: 5.4SVN-2011-12-19 (snap) OS: Mac OS X 10.7.2 (Lion)
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2011-12-19 17:09 UTC] lolautruche at gmail dot com
As of PHP 5.4, $_SERVER['REQUEST_TIME'] is no longer an int, but a float.
However, using Apache 2 SAPI, this server variable only have 3 decimal digits. 
This make DateTime::__construct() throw an exception :

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 
'DateTime::__construct(): Failed to parse time string (@1324314320.916) at 
position 12 (9): Unexpected character' in /Users/lolautruche/workspace/test.php 
on line 3

As a comparison, FPM and built-in server defines 4 decimal digits, which is 

This might affect Apache 1 SAPI as well.
This also might be related to #55733

Test script:
var_dump( $_SERVER['REQUEST_TIME'] ); // Displays a float with 3 decimal digits with Apache2, 4 with FPM/built-in server
$date = new DateTime( '@' . $_SERVER['REQUEST_TIME'] );
var_dump( $date );

Expected result:
$_SERVER['REQUEST_TIME'] should always have 4 decimal digits.


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 [2011-12-19 17:45 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

With 4 digits it also doesn't get parsed properly... as it will see those 4 digits as a year. You just shouldn't pass a float as a timestamp, as timestamps in PHP are integer seconds since the epoch. This is not a bug in PHP.
 [2011-12-19 17:45 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Bogus
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