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exit — Exits the current script.


void exit([return_value]);
mixed return_value (optional): Value that the script will return after exiting




exit() is used to stop the execution of the current script. If an argument is passed to exit() , this value is returned by the script when it exits. See the following examples.


PHP Version: 3+, 4+

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To exit the current script and display a message:



Example 753. Use exit() to exit a script


$file = 'some-nonexistent-file.txt';
$fp = fopen ($file, 'r')
    or exit ();

Example 754. Use exit() to return the exit value of a PHP script

// Save this script and then run it from the command line
// i.e. php -f exit.php
// Alternatively, call the script from within another PHP script
// using the program execution functions

// Note that some return values (notably negative values) 
// may not work on some platforms

exit (-1);

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