I have a following problem, I have HTML form that uploads a file with some extra information. But it allows to upload files that only less then 10MB. But when user tries to upload something bigger, both $_POST and $_FILES array are empty (I expected that $_POST will have some values and $_FILES will have some values but will indicate that there is an upload error).
There is a few questions (empty $_POST, $_FILES) like that, but I didn't find any solution, or explanation for it.
<form enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post" action="upload.php"> <p> <input type="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="10000000" /> <input type="file" name="image" /> </p> <p> <input type="text" name="other_field" /> </p> </form>
print_r($_POST); // array() print_r($_FILES); // array() exit;
It works fine, if file size is under 10MB (file size limit is 10MB), and I don't want to increase it, I just want to capture an error in PHP.
Updated (explanation/solution) from PHP site
From PHP site (I missed this section): http://us.php.net/manual/en/ini.core.php#ini.post-max-size
Sets max size of post data allowed. This setting also affects file upload. To upload large files, this value must be larger than upload_max_filesize. If memory limit is enabled by your configure script, memory_limit also affects file uploading. Generally speaking, memory_limit should be larger than post_max_size. When an integer is used, the value is measured in bytes. Shorthand notation, as described in this FAQ, may also be used. If the size of post data is greater than post_max_size, the $_POST and $_FILES superglobals are empty. This can be tracked in various ways, e.g. by passing the $_GET variable to the script processing the data, i.e. , and then checking if $_GET['processed'] is set.
As noted in the edited question $_POST and $_FILES are empty when PHP silently discards data (happens when the actual data is bigger than post_max_size). Since HTTP header and $_GET remain intact those can be used to detect the discards.
Add a GET parameter that tells whether POST data is present.