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15 New Member
Ok this is the script that handles the form submission and input's it to the SQL database. It works 100%.
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  1. <?php
  2. $con = mysql_connect("*****","*****","*****");
  3. if (!$con)
  4.   {
  5.   die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
  6.   }
  7. mysql_select_db("ccsdesig_first", $con);
  8. $sql="INSERT INTO ***** (Name,Surname,Number,Email,MovingFrom,MovingTo,Date) 
  9.         VALUES ('$_POST[Name]','$_POST[Surname]','$_POST[Number]','$_POST[email]','$_POST[MovingFrom]','$_POST[MovingTo]','$_POST[Date]')";
  11. $sql="INSERT INTO destination (CurrentPremises,CurrentFloor,DestinationPremises,DestinationFloor,WrapEverything,Unpack,Hangerpack,SendMaterials,InsureEverything) 
  12.         VALUES ('$_POST[CurrentPremises]','$_POST[CurrentFloor]','$_POST[DestinationPremises]','$_POST[CurrentFloor]','$_POST[WrapEverything]','$_POST[Unpack]','$_POST[Hangerpack]','$_POST[SendMaterials]','$_POST[InsureEverything]')";
  14. if (!mysql_query($sql,$con))
  15.   {
  16.   die('Error: ' . mysql_error());
  17.   }
  18. mysql_close($con)
  19.   echo "Done";
  20. ?>
What I would now like the script to do is to send the user to another page - what do I use to automatically redirect?
I've tried:
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  1. header("Location:http://www.xxxxxxx.com/viewguestbook2.php");
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  1. <META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" content="0;URL=index.php">
And neither works - could someone point me in the right direction please?

My thanks in anticipation
Apr 20 '10
16 6466
5,058 Recognized Expert Expert
If you are getting that error, something is being printed before the header() call.

This is usually caused by white-spaces or other junk before the <?php block, BOM chars in Unicode documents or random echos in the code. - Check the source in the browser. That should include the junk chars that are causing this. (Post it here if you want us to take a look at it.)

You can also read this article for more details about this error, and how to fix it.
Apr 20 '10 #11
15 New Member
I read the article - thank you.
As far as I can see I have removed all the white spaces. Below is the code - Pls can you check where I have gone wrong:
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  1. <?php
  2. $con = mysql_connect("*","*","*");
  3. if (!$con)
  4. {
  5. die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
  6. }
  7. mysql_select_db("*", $con);
  8. $sql="INSERT INTO contactdetails (Name,Surname,Number,Email,MovingFrom,MovingTo,Date)
  9. VALUES ('$_POST[Name]','$_POST[Surname]','$_POST[Number]','$_POST[email]','$_POST[MovingFrom]','$_POST[MovingTo]','$_POST[Date]')";
  10. $sql="INSERT INTO destination (CurrentPremises,CurrentFloor,DestinationPremises,DestinationFloor,WrapEverything,Unpack,Hangerpack,SendMaterials,InsureEverything) 
  11. VALUES ('$_POST[CurrentPremises]','$_POST[CurrentFloor]','$_POST[DestinationPremises]','$_POST[CurrentFloor]','$_POST[WrapEverything]','$_POST[Unpack]','$_POST[Hangerpack]','$_POST[SendMaterials]','$_POST[InsureEverything]')";
  12. if (!mysql_query($sql,$con))
  13. {
  14. die('Error: ' . mysql_error());
  15. }
  16. mysql_close($con);
  17. header("Location: http://www.*.co.za/email.php");
  18. exit;
  19. ?>
Apr 21 '10 #12
5,058 Recognized Expert Expert
We aren't talking about white-spaces inside the <?php .. ?> blocks, but outside them. White-spaces inside them don't matter.

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  1.    <?php
  2. // There are three white-spaces before the <?php tag 
  3. // above this comment. This will cause the error.
  5.    $variable = '
  6.         something
  7.         something else.';
  8. // The white-spaces in the above variable,
  9. // or the string, have no effect.
  10. ?>
Did you check out the source of the page in your browser? How did it look like?
Apr 21 '10 #13
15 New Member
Understood and as you can see there are no white spaces in the code I posted. I dont know how to view a PHP files source without it actually processing the script first. Once it processes the script the source is the following:
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  1. <br /> 
  2. <b>Warning</b>:  Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/ccsdesig/public_html/insert.php:1) in <b>/home/ccsdesig/public_html/insert.php</b> on line <b>17</b><br /> 
If I open the PHP with notepad the source looks exactly the same as it does in expression web and as I posted above.
Apr 21 '10 #14
5,058 Recognized Expert Expert
Ok. The error still points to line #1 of the file, saying the output is starting there.

I would guess that your IDE is adding a BOM to your document; a Unicode special character that is meant to tell how the Unicode chars in the document are structured.

To check and fix that, you need an editor that can re-encode the file. I've used Notepad++ for that in the past. It's a very small and simple editor. A sort of advanced version of Notepad.

You can open your document in there, select "Encoding > Encode in UTF-8 without BOM", and then save the file.

That might fix the error.
Apr 21 '10 #15
15 New Member
The encoding resolved it!
Thank you!
Apr 21 '10 #16
5,058 Recognized Expert Expert
No problem. Glad it worked out :)
Apr 21 '10 #17

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