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I just did an upgrade of my server to Fedora 17 and merged some configuration files containing .rpmnew into the existing ones. I have been successfully logging my php errors in a separate log file by keeping the following in php.ini:

log_errors = On
error_log = /var/log/php-errors.log

I am not sure why the errors are being logged to /var/log/httpd/error_log after the upgrade despite keeping the settings above.


$ ls -l /var/log/php-errors.log
-rwxrwxr--. 1 apache myself 232 Dec 13 16:49 /var/log/php-errors.log

shows that apache did own the php error log file.

What could be causing PHP errors to be logged into apache error log file?

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@DaveRandom, from phpinfo(), it shows the loaded config file to be /etc/php.ini, which is correct. – Question Overflow Dec 17 '12 at 10:55
Have you tried setting the permissions on /var/log/php-errors.log to 666, in case the user/groups are not set up how you think they are? – DaveRandom Dec 17 '12 at 13:49
@DaveRandom, thanks for the suggestion. I tried, and it still send the error to apache error log. Even disabling SELinux does not help a bit :( – Question Overflow Dec 17 '12 at 13:59

PHP itself does not write to error_log since thats handled by Apache. PHP just throws them to Apache. You can set the log path in the .htaccess*

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PHP just what?? – Dr. Dan Dec 17 '12 at 10:56
A separate error log can be created by setting php.ini. I did that before. – Question Overflow Dec 17 '12 at 14:04

Try this, Enable PHP Error Logging via htaccess

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I think that here it's just the generic Apache errors that are seen in /var/log/httpd/error_log.

I would insert a call to error_log('test'); into some PHP logic that is known to get interpreted when some specific page is refreshed, and if that's not seen in /var/log/php-errors.log then I'd suspect that the versions upgraded to have some kind of a different config or permissions scheme that made the old config stop working.

I'd recommend going through the 'Error handling and logging' section in /etc/php/php.ini, and checking for proper values for other directives. The directive error_reporting should be set to E_ALL or E_ALL & ~E_DEPRECATED & ~E_STRICT. The directive log_errors should be On.

If just a filename (but no path) is specified for error_log, then the file will appear in the same directory as the PHP script that calls error_log(...).

I'd also recommend specifying /tmp/php_error_log for error_log, refreshing the page, and then ls /tmp to see if the file is there.

If the file is not there, login as root, and do a search for the file name across the whole file system so see where it ended up.

Generally, the proper config to get PHP error log working in a particular directory changes across different versions of Apache, PHP, and various distros.

I can say that on Arch Linux with Apache 2.4, PHP 5.5.11 and systemd version 212-1 the config above will make the PHP error log end up somewhere similar to /tmp/systemd-private-65d4c3e3cc534155bcf3ec708c2362f6-httpd.service-h8MSsD/tmp/php_error_log.

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Nope, those are PHP errors, not general errors. And I did give it a full path instead of a relative path. And it used to work two years ago. – Question Overflow Apr 5 '14 at 6:45

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