sfErrorHandlerPlugin - 1.0.6

Enhanced error handling for Symfony

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sfErrorHandler plugin (for Symfony 1.1)

The sfErrorHandlerPlugin aims to solve the infamous Symfony white screen of death. It also features an error handler that converts PHP errors to sfLegacyErrorExceptions, so that they can be caught within your code, and dealt with appropriately. This should both greatly reduce time spent debugging Symfony applications during development, and make Symfony applications appear more robust in production.


  • Install the plugin

     $ symfony plugin:install sfErrorHandlerPlugin
  • Enable the plugin in your settings.yml

        enabled_modules:       [default, sfErrorHandler, ...]
  • optional If you don't already have an error500.php in /web/errors then either copy the one in sfErrorHandlerPlugin/errors or create your own. The error page to use is decided from a cascade, the first error page found (in this order) will be used : apps/<app>/config/error_500.php, web/errors/error500.php, config/error_500.php, plugins/sfErrorHandlerPlugin/errors/error500.php

     $ cp plugins/sfErrorHandlerPlugin/errors/error500.php web/errors/
  • Clear your cache

     $ symfony cc


You can check that the plugin is correctly installed by using your dev controller. If you select the 'Logs and Messages' option, you should see that there is now a log entry for sfHardenedRenderingFilter where there was once a log entry for sfRenderingFilter.

Now, whenever an error occurs that would previously have caused a white screen you should observe the following behaviour:

  • Using a controller with debugging disabled, you'll get served your web/errors/error500.php

  • Using a controller with debugging enabled, you'll either receive a stack trace and an sfLegacyErrorException OR - for an error that the PHP error handler cannot catch, you'll get a single line containing the error.


  • find a way to throw an exception from sf_fatal_error_handler


I've tested this quite extensively by purposefully breaking code, introducing parse errors, instantiating non-existent classes and or using undefined classes, and haven't been able to produce a white screen, but if you are able to do so, please send me details of how I can replicate the problem to lee at php.uk.com and I'll try and fix it :)