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Bug #70294 ReflectionException getCode should return a non-zero code
Submitted: 2015-08-18 16:10 UTC Modified: 2021-09-14 13:00 UTC
From: mattsch at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Reflection related
PHP Version: 5.6.12 OS: Gentoo
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2015-08-18 16:10 UTC] mattsch at gmail dot com
When a ReflectionException is thrown for any reflection class, an exception code is not set (i.e. it always returns 0).  This makes it quite difficult to identify what caused the exception.  As a result, I am forced to parse the exception message to determine what went wrong instead of relying on a constant from the getCode method.

Test script:
try { 
$reflectionFunction = new ReflectionFunction('foo'); 
} catch(Exception $e){ 

Expected result:
A non-zero code.

Actual result:


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 [2015-08-18 20:30 UTC] mattsch at gmail dot com
Correction: If you call ReflectionClass on a class that does not exist, getCode returns -1.  If you call ReflectionProperty on a property that doesn't exist, getCode returns 0 so ReflectionException::getCode is still useless in its current state.
 [2021-09-14 13:00 UTC]
I have to agree that using a single exception type with the same
code for all of this is not the best solution, but I think you can
probe in advance for nearly all cases (e.g. in this case you can
check function_exists('foo)) in advance, what appears to be
preferable anyway.
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