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PHP(1)                                       Scripting Language                                       PHP(1)

       php - PHP Command Line Interface 'CLI'

       php [options] [ -f ] file [[--] args...]

       php [options] -r code [[--] args...]

       php [options] [-B code] -R code [-E code] [[--] args...]

       php [options] [-B code] -F file [-E code] [[--] args...]

       php [options] -- [ args...]

       php [options] -a

       php [options] -S addr:port [-t docroot]

       PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development
       and can be embedded into HTML. This is the command line interface that enables you to do the  follow-ing: following:

       You  can  parse  and  execute files by using parameter -f followed by the name of the file to be exe-cuted. executed.

       Using parameter -r you can directly execute PHP code simply as you would do inside a .php  file  when
       using the eval() function.

       It  is  also possible to process the standard input line by line using either the parameter -R or -F.
       In this mode each separate input line causes the code specified by -R or the file specified by -F  to
       be executed.  You can access the input line by $argn. While processing the input lines $argi contains
       the number of the actual line being processed. Further more the parameters -B and -E can be  used  to
       execute  code (see -r) before and after all input lines have been processed respectively. Notice that
       the input is read from STDIN and therefore reading from STDIN explicitly changes the next input  line
       or skips input lines.

       PHP  also contains an embedded web server for application development purpose. By using the -S option
       where addr:port point to a local address and port PHP will listen to HTTP requests  on  that  address
       and port and serve files from the current working directory or the docroot passed by the -t option.

       If  none of -r -f -B -R -F -E or -S is present but a single parameter is given then this parameter is
       taken as the filename to parse and execute (same as with -f). If no parameter  is  present  then  the
       standard input is read and executed.

       -a             Run PHP interactively. This lets you enter snippets of PHP code that directly get exe-cuted. executed.
                      cuted. When readline support is enabled you can edit the lines and also  have  history

       --bindpath address:port|port
       -b address:port|port
                      Bind Path for external FASTCGI Server mode (CGI only).

       -C             Do not chdir to the script's directory (CGI only).

       -q             Quiet-mode. Suppress HTTP header output (CGI only).

       --timing count
       -T count       Measure execution time of script repeated count times (CGI only).

       --php-ini path|file
       -c path|file   Look for php.ini file in the directory path or use the specified file

       -n             No php.ini file will be used

       --define foo[=bar]
       -d foo[=bar]   Define INI entry foo with value bar

       -e             Generate extended information for debugger/profiler

       --file file
       -f file        Parse and execute file

       --global name
       -g name        Make variable name global in script.

       -h             This help

       -H             Hide  script name (file) and parameters (args...) from external tools. For example you
                      may want to use this when a php script is started as a daemon  and  the  command  line
                      contains sensitive data such as passwords.

       -i             PHP information and configuration

       -l             Syntax check only (lint)

       -m             Show compiled in modules

       --run code
       -r code        Run PHP code without using script tags '<?..?>'

       --process-begin code
       -B code        Run PHP code before processing input lines

       --process-code code
       -R code        Run PHP code for every input line

       --process-file file
       -F file        Parse and execute file for every input line

       --process-end code
       -E code        Run PHP code after processing all input lines

       -s             Output HTML syntax highlighted source

       --server addr:port
       -S addr:port   Start embedded Webserver on the given local address and port

       --docroot docroot
       -t docroot     Specify the document root to be used by the embedded web server

       -v             Version number

       -w             Output source with stripped comments and whitespace

       --zend-extension file
       -z file        Load Zend extension file

       args...        Arguments  passed  to  script.  Use  '--'  args when first argument starts with '-' or
                      script is read from stdin

       --rfunction    name
       --rf           name Shows information about function name

       --rclass       name
       --rc           name Shows information about class name

       --rextension   name
       --re           name Shows information about extension name

       --rz           name Shows information about Zend extension name

       --rextinfo     name
       --ri           name Shows configuration for extension name

       --ini          Show configuration file names

       php-cli.ini    The configuration file for the CLI version of PHP.

       php.ini        The standard configuration file will only be used when php-cli.ini cannot be found.

       php -r 'echo "Hello World\n";'
            This command simply writes the text "Hello World" to standard out.

       php -r 'print_r(gd_info());'
            This shows the configuration of your gd extension. You can use this to easily check which  image
            formats  you can use. If you have any dynamic modules you may want to use the same ini file that
            php uses when executed from your webserver. There are more extensions which have  such  a  func-tion. function.
            tion. For dba use:
            php -r 'print_r(dba_handlers(1));'

       php -R 'echo strip_tags($argn)."\n";'
            This  PHP  command  strips  off the HTML tags line by line and outputs the result. To see how it
            works you can first look at the following PHP command 'php -d html_errors=1 -i' which  uses  PHP
            to  output  HTML formatted configuration information. If you then combine those two 'php ...|php
            ...' you'll see what happens.

       php -E 'echo "Lines: $argi\n";'
            Using this PHP command you can count the lines being input.

       php -R '@$l+=count(file($argn));' -E 'echo "Lines:$l\n";'
            In this example PHP expects each input line being a file. It counts all lines of the files spec-ified specified
            ified  by each input line and shows the summarized result.  You may combine this with tools like
            find and change the php scriptlet.

       php -R 'echo "$argn\n"; fgets(STDIN);'
            Since you have access to STDIN from within -B -R -F and -E you can skip certain input lines with
            your  code.  But  note  that  in  such  cases $argi only counts the lines being processed by php
            itself. Having read this you will guess what the above program does: skipping every second input

       You can use a shebang line to automatically invoke php from scripts. Only the CLI version of PHP will
       ignore such a first line as shown below:

               // your script

       For a more or less complete description of PHP look here:

       You can view the list of known bugs or report any new bug you found at:

       The PHP Group: Thies C. Arntzen, Stig Bakken, Andi Gutmans, Rasmus Lerdorf, Sam  Ruby,  Sascha  Schu-mann, Schumann,
       mann, Zeev Suraski, Jim Winstead, Andrei Zmievski.

       Additional  work for the CLI sapi was done by Edin Kadribasic, Marcus Boerger and Johannes Schlueter.

       A List of active developers can be found here:

       And last but not least PHP was developed with the help of a huge amount of  contributors  all  around
       the world.

       This manpage describes php, version 5.4.17.

       Copyright (C) 1997-2013 The PHP Group

       This  source file is subject to version 3.01 of the PHP license, that is bundled with this package in
       the file LICENSE, and is available through the world-wide-web at the following url:

       If you did not receive a copy of the PHP license and are unable to obtain it through the  world-wide-web, world-wideweb,
       web, please send a note to so we can mail you a copy immediately.

The PHP Group                                       2013                                              PHP(1)

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