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Solution for PHP xdebug not formatting / overloading var_dump()

Posted on : 15-04-2011 | By : Paolo Iannelli | In : PHP, Software Development

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If any of you have ever experienced a problem with xdebug non displaying var_dump() with the nice overload method it includes, especially when using PHP 5.3, you may try the following:

  1. Open your php.ini file
    (for instance located in /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini)
  2. Locate the line that says html_errors = Off
  3. Change it in html_errors = On
  4. Restart your webserver (/etc/init.d/apache2 restart for instance)

If you didn’t change anything in the configuration of xdebug, overload_var_dumps should be already enabled and you should get var_dumps like the following :