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Request #70125 PHP Shebang
Submitted: 2015-07-24 07:47 UTC Modified: 2017-08-05 04:50 UTC
Avg. Score:4.5 ± 0.5
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (100.0%)
Same OS:1 (50.0%)
From: tuxy at vmail dot me Assigned:
Status: Suspended Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 5.6.11 OS: Arch Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2015-07-24 07:47 UTC] tuxy at vmail dot me
Feature request to remove the need to use "<?php" when using shebang "#!/usr/bin/php"

Note this is only for terminal php scripts anyway, there is no need to use "<?php" with that.

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Example, this is how its done now:


Request to have this instead:


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 [2015-07-24 08:18 UTC]
-Package: PHP Language Specification +Package: Scripting Engine problem
 [2015-07-29 00:27 UTC]
To me it doesn't make sense to introduce a special syntax for
scripts starting with a shebang line. Either there'll be the
possibility to have PHP code only files, or not. Actually, I'm
fine with the latter, as that also can make sense for CLI scripts.
 [2015-07-30 05:49 UTC]
There are a few RFCs related to this topic.

There may be others.
 [2015-07-30 06:06 UTC] tuxy at vmail dot me
@, It may make sense to you but no one else. Most other languages have proper shebang in them. Why not have the same for PHP when script is intented to only be executed and used in shell/terminal. Remember I'm talking about the shebang for CLI scripts and NOT web.

@, None of this related to this shebang post.

-- Off Subject --

Please remove my email from this posts, or at least leave only "tuxy" and not full name!!
 [2015-12-08 22:36 UTC]

We cannot remove email. Please use mail address that you wouldn't mind next time.

Anyway, what you are proposing breaks compatibility. "PHP executes script in embedded mode always"


Hello! Current date is <?php echo date('Y/m/d'); ?> !

This script is perfectly valid with current PHP. We need some RFC that "allows to start PHP with non-embedded mode" as I mentioned earlier. e.g.

#!/use/bin/php -X
// Non-embedded mode, so this code is syntax error.
Hello! Current date is <?php echo date('Y/m/d'); ?> !
 [2017-08-05 04:50 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Suspended
 [2017-08-05 04:50 UTC]
Thank you for your interest in PHP and for submitting a feature request. Please be aware that due to the magnitude of change this request requires, it would be necessary to discuss it on PHP Internals list ( as an RFC. Please read the guide about creating RFCs here:
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