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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Write a destructor in PHP for fatal error handling

This just posted on stackoverflow.

I recently had trouble with this as I was trying to handle destruction specifically for the case where the server experiences a timeout and I wanted to include class data in the error log. I would receive an error when referencing &$this (although I've seen it done in a few examples, possibly a version issue or a symfony side-effect), and the solution I came up with was fairly clean:

    class MyClass
        protected $myVar;

         * constructor, registers shutdown handling
        public function __construct()
            $this->myVar = array();

            // workaround: set $self because $this fails
            $self = $this;
            // register for error logging in case of timeout
            $shutdown = function () use (&$self) {

         * handle shutdown events
        public function shutdown()
            $error = error_get_last();
            // if shutdown in error
            if ($error['type'] === E_ERROR) {
                // write contents to error log
                error_log('MyClass->myVar on shutdown' . json_encode($this->myVar), 0);

Hope this helps!

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