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Error Handling

Two kinds of errors can occur during an XML-RPC method call: HTTP errors and XML-RPC faults. The Zend_XmlRpc_Client recognizes each and provides the ability to detect and trap them independently.

HTTP Errors

If any HTTP error occurs, such as the remote HTTP server returns a 404 Not Found, a Zend_XmlRpc_Client_HttpException will be thrown.

Example 1064. Handling HTTP Errors

= new Zend_XmlRpc_Client('http://foo/404');

try {

$client->call('bar', array($arg1$arg2));

} catch (
Zend_XmlRpc_Client_HttpException $e) {

// $e->getCode() returns 404
    // $e->getMessage() returns "Not Found"


Regardless of how the XML-RPC client is used, the Zend_XmlRpc_Client_HttpException will be thrown whenever an HTTP error occurs.

XML-RPC Faults

An XML-RPC fault is analogous to a PHP exception. It is a special type returned from an XML-RPC method call that has both an error code and an error message. XML-RPC faults are handled differently depending on the context of how the Zend_XmlRpc_Client is used.

When the call() method or the server proxy object is used, an XML-RPC fault will result in a Zend_XmlRpc_Client_FaultException being thrown. The code and message of the exception will map directly to their respective values in the original XML-RPC fault response.

Example 1065. Handling XML-RPC Faults

= new Zend_XmlRpc_Client('');

try {


} catch (
Zend_XmlRpc_Client_FaultException $e) {

// $e->getCode() returns 1
    // $e->getMessage() returns "Unknown method"


When the call() method is used to make the request, the Zend_XmlRpc_Client_FaultException will be thrown on fault. A Zend_XmlRpc_Response object containing the fault will also be available by calling getLastResponse().

When the doRequest() method is used to make the request, it will not throw the exception. Instead, it will return a Zend_XmlRpc_Response object returned will containing the fault. This can be checked with isFault() instance method of Zend_XmlRpc_Response.

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