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A new rule in header() from PHP 5.1.2

jbmd
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Hi,

Question here:

1) I upgraded my php from 5.0.4 to 5.1.6

and

2) changed webhosting from W2000 to XPhome

(do not know what change is relevant here) ->

and started having problems with websites that contain session/header functions:

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php:4) in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php on line 39

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php:4) in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php on line 40

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php:4) in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php on line 40

can anyone help, please?

jana

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Write ob_start() at the very first line like
<?php ob_start();
   // code goes here
?>

write ob_ end_ flush() at the end of the code.
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Commented:
look at C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php line 4 there might be an echo/print which makes the first output of the HTML-page. Make sure you call session_start() before any output is made
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Check C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\nautiluso\sindex.php

make sure that there is no blank lines or output

=============
                                                  <- Blank Line
<?php
      session_start();
?>
=============


Will throw an error similar to this as the first line is blank so it will output a blank line and send HTML headers causing your script to fail.

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Commented:
Actually - hernst42  was also close too.

My exact solution was this: I made sure, that there was no space and no line before session, and also in some pages I really had 2 headers per page (due to "include") - so I had to make sure there was only one header.

I can tell you this is really annoying that sometimes (quite often to my taste) webs are out of order after php update (remember register_globals? it was even worse).
I am just wondering if also other languages - like asp or so have this problem. For example I do not use perl very often but I know that the software in perl stays ok after many upgrades of perl.exe....

What do you think? I mean then I really have to approach my customers and explain them that their webs have errors just because of upgrade of php on the server. And sometimes they look at me ... as if I made it all up....  :-)
Robin HickmottSoftware Developer
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Commented:
The trick is to look at what's considered "Recommended Practice" for PHP scripts and follow it even if not doing so works.

You can be guaranteed if its recommended practice then at some point in the future your going to be forced to do it that way.
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