What is the use of the @ symbol in PHP?
The at sign (@) is used as error control operator in PHP. When an expression is prepended with the @ sign, error messages that might be generated by that expression will be ignored. If the track_errors feature is enabled, an error message generated by the expression and it will be saved in the variable $php_errormsg. This variable will be overwritten on each error.
<?php // File error $file_name = @file ('non_existent_file') or die ("Failed in opening the file: error: '$errormsg'"); // It is used for expression $value = @$cache[$key]; // It will not display notice if the index $key doesn't exist. ?>
RunTime Error: PHP Notice: Undefined variable: errormsg in /home/fe74424b34d1adf15aa38a0746a79bed.php on line 5
Output: Failed in opening the file: error: ''
Note: The use of @ is very bad programming practice as it does not make error disappear, it just hides them, and it makes debugging a lot worse since we can’t see what’s actually wrong with our code.