You might be familiar with the dreaded blank page when your PHP script doesn't work.

Here's how to spit out errors to the screen, instead of getting just a blank page, as well as logging errors to a file.

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// Spit out errors to the screen
error_reporting(-1);
ini_set('display_errors', 1);

register_shutdown_function('_log_error');

function _log_error()
{
    if (!empty($error = error_get_last()))
    {
        $output =
			date('Y-m-d H:i:s') . ' --> ' .
			$error['file'] . ' --> ' .
			$error['message'] . ' ' .
			$error['line'] .
			(isset($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']) ? ' ' . $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] : '')
		;
        file_put_contents('fatal_errors.log', "$output\n", FILE_APPEND);
    }
}
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