'xmlParseEntityRef: no name' warnings while loading xml into a php file

04/23/2020 12:00:02

I am reading an xml in php using simplexml_load_file. However while trying to load the xml it displays a list of warnings

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: <project orderno="6" campaign_name="International Relief & Development" project in /home/bluecard1/public_html/test.php on line 3    
Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home/bluecard1/public_html/test.php on line 3    
Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://..../index.php/site/projects/:15: parser error : xmlParseEntityRef: no name in /home/bluecard1/public_html/test.php on line 3

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ional Relief & Development" project_id="313" client_name="International Relief & in /home/bluecard1/public_html/test.php on line 3    
Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: ^ in /home/bluecard1/public_html/test.php on line 3    
Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: http://..../index.php/site/projects/:15: parser error : xmlParseEntityRef: no name in /home/bluecard1/public_html/test.php on line 3

How do I rectify to remove these warnings?

(XML is generated from url http://..../index.php/site/projects & loaded into a variable in the test.php. I dont have write priveleges to index.php)

Answer #1 (138 Votes)

01/14/2013 17:39:57

The XML is most probably invalid.

The problem could be the "&"

$text=preg_replace('/&(?!#?[a-z0-9]+;)/', '&amp;', $text);

will get rid of the "&" and replace it with it's HTML code version...give it a try.

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Answer #2 (69 Votes)

02/24/2014 08:21:25

Found this here ...

Problem: An XML parser returns the error “xmlParseEntityRef: noname”

Cause: There is a stray ‘&’ (ampersand character) somewhere in the XML text eg. some text & some more text

Solution:

  • Solution 1: Remove the ampersand.
  • Solution 2: Encode the ampersand (that is replace the & character with &amp; ). Remember to Decode when reading the XML text.
  • Solution 3: Use CDATA sections (text inside a CDATA section will be ignored by the parser.) eg. <![CDATA[some text & some more text]]>

Note: ‘&’ ‘<' '>‘ will all give problems if not handled correctly.

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