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PHP errno() function (with example)

Hi everyone,

I've recently started working with PHP and I came across the "errno()" function. I've been trying to understand its purpose and how it is used in PHP. I've read the PHP manual, but I'm still a bit confused.

Could someone explain to me what the "errno()" function does in PHP and provide an example of how it can be used? I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

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Hey there!

Sure, I'd love to share my personal experience with the "errno()" function in PHP.

From what I've learned, the "errno()" function in PHP is quite useful when it comes to error handling in file operations. It helps to determine the specific error that caused a function to fail. Whenever a function fails, it sets an error number that can be retrieved using "errno()".

Let me provide you with an example scenario. Let's say you are writing a PHP script that involves downloading a file from a remote server. Now, during the file download, there might be instances where the connection drops or the remote server encounters an error.

By using "errno()", you can capture the error number associated with the failed function and make decisions based on it. For instance, you could choose to retry the download if the error code suggests a temporary network issue, or display an appropriate error message if the error code indicates a more serious issue.

Here's a code snippet showcasing how "errno()" can be utilized in this context:

$remoteFile = 'https://example.com/file.jpg';
$localFile = 'downloads/file.jpg';

$downloaded = copy($remoteFile, $localFile);

if (!$downloaded) {
$errorCode = errno();

if ($errorCode == 28) {
// Handle specific error code 28 for "No space left on device"
echo "Error: Unable to download file due to insufficient disk space.";
} else {
// Handle general error
echo "Error: Failed to download file. Error code: " . $errorCode;

In this example, the "copy()" function is used to download the file. If the download fails, we use "errno()" to retrieve the error number and customize our error handling accordingly. In this case, we check if the error code is 28, indicating insufficient disk space, and display a specific error message for that scenario.

By using "errno()" in your PHP code, you can gain insights into the underlying causes of function failures and take appropriate actions based on the error codes.

I hope this adds some value to your understanding. If you have any further inquiries, feel free to ask!

Best regards,


Hey there!

I'd be happy to share my experience with the "errno()" function in PHP.

In PHP, the "errno()" function is used to retrieve the error number associated with the last function that failed. It is mainly used in error handling and is quite handy when you want to identify the specific error that occurred during code execution.

For example, let's say you are opening a file using the "fopen()" function, and it fails for some reason. You can then use "errno()" to retrieve the error number related to this failure. By analyzing this error number, you can determine the cause of the error and take appropriate actions.

Here's a simple example:

$file = fopen("nonexistentfile.txt", "r");

if (!$file) {
echo "Error opening file. Error number: " . errno();
// Perform error handling or other actions based on the error number

In this example, if the file "nonexistentfile.txt" couldn't be opened, the "errno()" function will provide the specific error number that caused the failure. With this information, you can display a helpful message to the user or take any necessary steps to handle the error in your code.

I hope this clears up the usage of "errno()" in PHP. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!

Best regards,

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