Rick Seymour

PHP-FRM – Solving the 200 Code returned on Fatal Error

With FastCGI & default PHP, if you have PHP display_errors turned off (which in production you should), your server will return a blank HTTP status Code 200 page, with no information to the end user as to what happened.

A new php.ini directive has been added with php-frm (Due to be incorporated into PHP Trunk in the near future)

How to correctly return a 500 Server Error Code rather than a blank 200


  • Add to your main php.ini via eg /usr/local/lib/php.ini
  • Or directly into the /etc/php-frm.conf


fastcgi.error_header=”HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error”


Add the directive below this line – <value name=”php_defines”>

<value name=”fastcgi.error_header”>HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error</value>

Restart PHP-FRM (via /etc/init.d/php-frm)

So long as your server has either one of the following, you’ll see the effect immediately

  • error_page      500   /50x.htm  (In nginx)
  • ErrorDocument 500 /50x.htm (In Apache)

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