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Timing out PHP SOAP Calls

June 22, 2011

PHP has a bug when making SOAP calls over HTTPS. If the other end picks up but then does not send any data (as can happen if the SOAP server is behind a proxy or load balancer or the like) then its supposed to timeout after a specified amount of time. However, all current versions of PHP do not seem to allow this.

Thanks to Rob Ludwick for providing a workaround using CURL as the transport mechanism instead until PHP fix this. You can read about it on his blog here:
http://www.darqbyte.com/2009/10/21/timing-out-php-soap-calls

There is a PHP bug reported here for reference: http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=48524

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