Since upgrading our Magento to I have noticed that we're getting hundreds of errors in the log file:

2015-11-11T16:20:01+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: strpos(): Empty needle in home/directory/public_html/lib/Zend/Controller/Request/Http.php on line 508

Having had a look at the file, I can see:

if (0 === strpos($requestUri, $baseUrl)) {
  // full $baseUrl matches
  $this->_baseUrl = $baseUrl;
  return $this;

if (0 === strpos($requestUri, dirname($baseUrl))) {
  // directory portion of $baseUrl matches
  $this->_baseUrl = rtrim(dirname($baseUrl), '/');
  return $this;

The last thing I want to do is edit this core file to make a cheap fix. Does anybody know what could be the cause of this problem? My base URL is obviously set do I don't understand what could be causing the issue!

  • The given code snippet has not changed between Zend Framework 1.11.1 and Zend Framework 1.12.10 so it is not the library causing trouble. You need to have a look at (and provide) the full stack trace. – mam08ixo Nov 11 '15 at 17:23
  • I know it can't be a problem with the framework because we have another website running the same version of Magento that isn't receiving such errors. The full error is 2015-11-12T15:40:01+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: strpos(): Empty needle in /home/directory/public_html/lib/Zend/Controller/Request/Http.php on line 508 2015-11-12T15:40:01+00:00. – Liam McArthur Nov 12 '15 at 16:56

In my case the exact same error occurs every minute, on the minute. It seems the problem lies with core_email_queue_send_all, as this is the only job that is called every minute.

Somehow, but I am yet unsure why, the error message is caused by the way the cron job in Magento is called. I tested this in version

Starting cron by a call to cron.sh reproduces the error:

sh public_html/cron.sh > /dev/null

while calling cron.php directly does not cause the problem, using the following call:

wget -O /dev/null -q http://www.myserver.nl/cron.php > /dev/null

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  • I'm just ignoring the errors for now and occasionally deleting my system.log file when it gets too big. I would change my cron to point to the .php file instead, but the .sh file is there to make sure that a cron isn't already running. – Liam McArthur Jan 7 '16 at 14:47
  • I have also tried using aoe_schedulers scheduler_cron.sh, but without success. You mentioned you have two servers, one with and the other without the issue. Are you using different calls to cron there also? – Bob Jan 8 '16 at 10:52

I had the same issue for a while didn't pay too much attention to it although i knew it was related to cron as it appeared every 5 minutes, same as my cron was configured to run. Today i decided to have it resolved and i fixed it by going to CLI of my server and typing: whereis php. It came back with a bunch of php possibilities so i took the most generic one: /usr/bin/php and in cron.sh i changed PHP_BIN=which php to PHP_BIN='/usr/bin/php'. Notice the quotations. Error wet away. I had some other errors in there and surprisingly they seem to have gone away as well.

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I had the same issue, I search on web and I found a potential solution. It seems correct

I modified /magento_root/cron.sh at line 39

PHP_BIN=which php => PHP_BIN=which php-cli

Source: https://github.com/AOEpeople/Aoe_Scheduler/issues/233

EDIT : I made the change yesterday, and today I had 3 new orders, but no mail was sent. So I edit back and I received my mails. So my solution seems NOT correct !

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  • I did see that link on GitHub a while ago, but implementing the change didn't fix the problem for me at the time. I've just realised that I was trying to implement this change into scheduler_cron.sh rather than cron.sh - so that's why it wasn't working! – Liam McArthur Sep 12 '17 at 13:38
  • it stops my cron from working. – fja3omega Apr 13 '18 at 3:44
  • Yeah it still stops my cron working as well because php-cli isn't even a command. – Liam McArthur Jun 5 '18 at 15:06
2017-12-29T04:20:02+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: strpos(): Empty needle in /home/hillcountry/public_html/lib/Zend/Controller/Request/Http.php on line 508
2017-12-29T04:20:02+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: strpos(): Empty needle in /home/hillcountry/public_html/lib/Zend/Controller/Request/Http.php on line 514

Comment: This problem is in defintion of base URL, because is running on cron script.

Possible solution: I think the possible solution is add the environment variable what set $baseUrl in lib/Zend/Controller/Request/Http.php on setBaseUrl function.

I am new to the forum. We do not want to modify the core. Is this where I should report the bug? If not, please help.

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