I have a form that passes two dates (start and finish) to a PHP script that will add those to a DB. I am having problems validating this. I keep getting the following errors

A non well formed numeric value encountered

This is when I use the following

date("d",$_GET['start_date']);

But when I use the strtotime() function as advised by many sites I get a unix timestamp date of 1/1/1970. Any ideas how I can get the correct date?

Solution 1

Because you are passing a string as the second argument to the date function, which should be an integer.

string date ( string $format [, int $timestamp = time() ] )

Try strtotime which will Parse about any English textual datetime description into a Unix timestamp (integer):

date("d", strtotime($_GET['start_date']));

Solution 2

This error occurs when you perform calculations with variables that use letters combined with numbers (alphanumeric), for example 24kb, 886ab ...

I had the error in the following function

function get_config_bytes($val) {
    $val = trim($val);
    $last = strtolower($val[strlen($val)-1]);       
    switch($last) {
        case 'g':
            $val *= 1024;
        case 'm':
            $val *= 1024;
        case 'k':
            $val *= 1024;
    }
    return $this->fix_integer_overflow($val);
}

The application uploads images but it didn't work, it showed the following warning:

Solution: The intval() function extracts the integer value of a variable with alphanumeric data and creates a new variable with the same value but converted to an integer with the intval() function. Here is the code:

function get_config_bytes($val) {
    $val = trim($val);
    $last = strtolower($val[strlen($val)-1]);
    $intval = intval(trim($val));
    switch($last) {
        case 'g':
            $intval *= 1024;
        case 'm':
            $intval *= 1024;
        case 'k':
            $intval *= 1024;
    }
    return $this->fix_integer_overflow($intval);
}

The function fix_integer_overflow

// Fix for overflowing signed 32 bit integers,
// works for sizes up to 2^32-1 bytes (4 GiB - 1):
protected function fix_integer_overflow($size) {
    if ($size < 0) {
        $size += 2.0 * (PHP_INT_MAX + 1);
    }
    return $size;
}

Solution 3

$_GET['start_date'] is not numeric is my bet, but an date format not supported by strtotime. You will need to re-format the date to a workable format for strtotime or use combination of explode/mktime.

I could add you an example if you'd be kind enough to post the format you currently receive.

Solution 4

I ran into this same situation (in my case with a date value in a custom PHP field in a Drupal view), and what worked for me was using intval instead of strtotime to turn the value into an integer - because it basically was a timestamp, but in the form of a string rather than an integer. Obviously that won't be the case for everyone, but it might be worth a try.

Solution 5

This helped me a lot -

$new_date = date_format(date_create($old_date), 'Y-m-d');

Here, date_create() provides you a date object for a given date & date_format() will set it in a given format.

for example,

<?php
    $date = date_create("13-02-2013");  // DateTime Object ( [date] => 2013-02-13 00:00:00.000000 [timezone_type] => 3 [timezone] => America/New_York )
    echo date_format($date,"Y-m-d");    // 2013-02-13
?>

Solution 6

This is an old question, but there is another subtle way this message can happen. It's explained pretty well here, in the docs.

Imagine this scenerio:

try {
  // code that triggers a pdo exception
} catch (Exception $e) {
  throw new MyCustomExceptionHandler($e);
}

And MyCustomExceptionHandler is defined roughly like:

class MyCustomExceptionHandler extends Exception {
  public function __construct($e) {
    parent::__construct($e->getMessage(), $e->getCode());
  }
}

This will actually trigger a new exception in the custom exception handler because the Exception class is expecting a number for the second parameter in its constructor, but PDOException might have dynamically changed the return type of $e->getCode() to a string.

A workaround for this would be to define you custom exception handler like:

class MyCustomExceptionHandler extends Exception {
  public function __construct($e) {
    parent::__construct($e->getMessage());
    $this->code = $e->getCode();
  }
}

Solution 7

If the error is at the time of any calculation, double check that the values does not contains any comma(,). Values must be only in integer/ float format.

Solution 8

if $_GET['start_date'] is a string then convert it in integer or double to deal numerically.

$int = (int) $_GET['start_date']; //Integer
$double = (double) $_GET['start_date']; //It takes in floating value with 2 digits

Solution 9

in the name of the universe programmer

in my case i receive this error

"Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in"

my code with above error:

$end_suggest_time = $rowone['start_suggest_time'] + (24 * 3600);

when i add (int) in the previous of $rowone['start_suggest_time'] I don't receive this error

"Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in"

$end_suggest_time = (int) $rowone['start_suggest_time'] + (24 * 3600);

Solution 10

In my case when getting error:

A non well formed numeric value encountered

When my code is like this

if (date('y-m-d H:i:s') - $user_token['created_at'] < (60 * 60 * 24)) {
...
}

And my fixing code

date_default_timezone_set('Asia/Jakarta');
if (strtotime(date('y-m-d H:i:s')) - strtotime($user_token['created_at']) < (60 * 60 * 24)) {
...
}

Solution 11

You need to set the time zone using date_default_timezone_set().