PHP: Stop Notice and Variable Warnings in Error Log Files

by on December 20, 2008 · 13 comments· LAST UPDATED December 9, 2013

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I'm using PHP error logging in place of error displaying on production web sites. However, I do not want to see error messages about the use of uninitialized variables. I'd like to see all critical errors, except for notices and coding standards warnings. How do I disable error messages?

PHP provides various levels of error reporting using a bit-field as follows:

Error BitPurpose
E_ALLAll errors and warnings (doesn't include E_STRICT)
E_ERRORFatal run-time errors
E_WARNINGRun-time warnings (non-fatal errors)
E_PARSECompile-time parse errors
E_NOTICE Run-time notices (these are warnings which often result from a bug in your code, but it's possible that it was intentional (e.g., using an uninitialized variable and relying on the fact it's automatically initialized to an empty string)
E_STRICTRun-time notices, enable to have PHP suggest changes to your code which will ensure the best interoperability and forward compatibility of your code.
E_CORE_ERRORFatal errors that occur during PHP's initial startup
E_CORE_WARNINGWarnings (non-fatal errors) that occur during PHP's initial startup
E_COMPILE_ERRORFatal compile-time errors
E_COMPILE_WARNINGCompile-time warnings (non-fatal errors)
E_USER_ERROR User-generated error message
E_USER_WARNING User-generated warning message
E_USER_NOTICE User-generated notice message

Show only errors

Open /etc/php.ini file
# vi /etc/php.ini

Set error_reporting as follows:


Alternately, you can show all errors, except for notices and coding standards warnings

error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE

Save and close the file. Restart apache web server:
# /etc/init.d/httpd restart

If you are using nginx/lighttpd, try:
# service nginx reload
# service lighttpd restart

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1 Steve December 21, 2008 at 11:56 am

I am running my web site on a shared host.
In my case the /etc/php.ini is not accessible, but they allow me to use local php.ini in each folder.
Other web hosting companies allow to modify .htaccess, so the alternative solution for this:

error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE

when using .htaccess is:

php_value error_reporting 2039


2 Samir December 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm

In the case where you have a shared host, the php.ini file needs to be recursively copied to each folder that will be executing PHP code.
To automate this process, you can use this script:



3 Hossam el din December 22, 2008 at 8:58 am

You could instead override the values of PHP configuration file “php.ini” inside your code by using the ini_set function , which has two parameters , one of them is the name of the configuration value ” for example ‘display_error’ ” and the other is the value we want to set it to ‘ 0 or 1 as an example for display_error’.

in this case you don’t even need to restart the httpd , and you don’t affect other websites on a shared host


4 Mani May 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

How to disable notice and warning error without using in PHP.ini file Like(error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE)

Please let me know if you know any other alternate solutions.



5 Nikesh October 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

very very useful site for me. I am getting lots of linux tips from here. Thank you very much and keep it up in the future too.


6 BarryW June 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Starting with PHP 5.3 there is now also E_DEPRECATED


7 dev June 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Same thing like Mani, How can I get out of these issues without accessing php.ini
Thanks in advance


8 Mahender September 1, 2012 at 4:25 am

very very useful site for me. I am getting lots of linux tips from here. Thank you very much and keep it up in the future too.


9 Brett December 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

This article isn’t listed under the ‘PHP’ tag/category, just so you know!


10 Nix Craft December 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Just added to php category! I appreciate your post.


11 Peter Raig February 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Bingo! right on the money advice!


12 Mukopaje September 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm

copy and paste the below code just after your php opening tag in your code…

error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_DEPRECATED);


13 AJIT November 3, 2014 at 6:13 am

Thanks brother.Mukopaje


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