[Scottish] problems with php header function with my ISP

george scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Sun Apr 27 13:21:02 2003

Hi Tam,
         You say your ISP has PHP installed as a CGI instead of an 
Apache/ISAPI module. Is it a windoze box or Linux? These errors have 
been haunting the Win32 stability of PHP. Please try the following.

  If you have opened a connection to the databse then close it as soon 
as possible, ie before you use the header() function.

Turn implicit_flush = on in your php.ini files (Although I doubt you 
will have access to your ISP's ini file)

Finally could you echo "\n\n"; immediately after your header() call

You can find out more information on this bug at


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Tam McLaughlin wrote:
> Hi,
> I seem to have a problem with the header function working under my ISP 
> force9's config. The code works fine on my apache/php config at work and 
> also on my home PC but when I put the php files on my ISPs cgi server I get 
> the error msg specified within the die function and it does not redirect.
> I tried writing a simple php program with only the line below which worked 
> fine on the F9 cgi server (well ok, it took me to the correct URL but the 
> variables were obviously not set). The weird thing was, earlier today, I was 
> getting the error when using konqueror but it worked ok under mozilla.
> Now I just tried it under mozilla and I got the error msg. 
> I am sure my code is ok i.e I am not sending any output to the browser before 
> the header and it does work  under my local config.
> I have tried using a relative path name and also the absolute URL. The rest of 
> the program works ok and if I access the php program I am trying to redirect 
> to
> it work fine.
> The code is:
> header ("Location:  
> http://cgi.tammclaughlin.force9.co.uk/cgi-bin/question_type.php?question=1&quizname=$quizname") 
> or die ("Can't go to location ");
> Any ideas?
> Thanks.
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