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Firefox XML problem

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7 June 2007 at 1:05pm Community Member, 37 Posts

I'm implementing my first Silverstripe site but I get this XML error when I try to see my site with Firefox 2.004 (the site works fine on IExplorer 6 and on my PSP browser), my hosting is Dreamhost

The URL for my SS site is:
The homepage is: (based on article_holder)

The error is (sorry it is in Spanish):

Error de parseo XML: intrucción de proceso XML no se encuentra al inicio de la entidad externa
Línea 3, Columna 1:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>


Othe pages are:

Hope someone could help me!


7 June 2007 at 1:39pm (Last edited: 7 June 2007 1:41pm), Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

XML Parsing Error: xml declaration not at start of external entity
Line Number 3, Column 1:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

The problem with the error means you've got some lines before the <?xml tag, which is only allowed on the first line in your template.

There seems to be some blank white space at the top of your document before the <?xml tag. Please try removing this and see if it makes any difference.



7 June 2007 at 2:51pm Community Member, 37 Posts

Thank's Sean for the help, I'm trying to find where to remove the blank lines, I've checked the template and the XML declaration is at line 1 of the code, wich other files could be causing the blank lines??


7 June 2007 at 3:52pm Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

Hmm, that's strange... I've never had that problem before.

Have you also tried ?flush=1 at the end of the URL, perhaps it is caching somewhere?



7 June 2007 at 4:08pm Forum Moderator, 213 Posts

That problem often occurs when you start writing php

if you have a php file like this:


with a blank line after ?> then you can be in trouble .... If you changed any of the php files,I would check those ...


7 June 2007 at 4:14pm Community Member, 37 Posts

Yes I did flush, I think is actualy a error in one of my templates called audio_holder
made based on article holder and with the same principles from the tutorials.

I publish the page with that template and the error appears, when i publish it but i choose not to show it in the main menu, everything's fine.

I'll try to figure out what's wrong with that template and i'll let you know!

Thank's for the help!!!


7 June 2007 at 4:45pm Community Member, 37 Posts

Thank you so much Nicolass!!!

That was the problem, I removed a pair of blank lines after the ?> in my AudioHolder.php file, and everythings is fine now!!!

Thank´s again!!!!!


3 December 2008 at 4:26pm (Last edited: 3 December 2008 4:27pm), Community Member, 105 Posts

I just had the same problem when I downloaded a SS site from a live server (Linux) and put it back on a WAMP server I got the error on the login page, I checked all of my PHP code and template to no avail as I don't really code in such a way that allows spaces below the closing PHP tag :)

The problem I found was in quite a few files in the sapphire/security/ directory.

I guess someone (a dev) needs to go through all of the SS core files and either remove the PHP closing tag or remove the white space(s) below it.

Two Words: Coding Standards

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