[wp-hackers] "Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error." But what is the error?

James Nachlin jnachlin at sixapart.com
Thu Mar 11 18:49:00 UTC 2010

Hi WP Hackers,

I am writing my first plugin (pasted below) using WP 2.9.2, PHP 5.2.11, 
Apache/2.2.13 on OS X.  I am accessing WordPress on localhost.

When I attempt to activate the plugin on the Manage Plugins screen of 
the admin, I get "Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a 
fatal error."

How can I view this fatal error?

I have set php.ini to "error_reporting = E_ALL".

I have turned on debug mode in my wp-config.php.

The plugin code is pasted below.  It is trivial, but to get much further 
I must be able to see what my errors are, because surely there will be 
many more of them.

Thanks for your help!


$ cat wp-content/plugins/jim-plugin/jim-plugin.php
Plugin Name: Jim the Plugin
Plugin URI: http://localhost/~jnacho/
Description: This is Jim's first plugin
Version: 0.01
Author: James N
License: GPL2

function widget($args, $instance) {
     //extract( $args );
     $title = apply_filters('Jimz Widget', $instance['title']);
         <?php echo $before_widget; ?>
         <?php if( $title ) echo $before_title . $title . $after_title; ?>
         Hello, Widget!
         <?php echo $after_widget ?>

function stick_on_dashboard() {
     wp_add_dashboard_widget('SomeWidget', 'Some Widget Jim', 'widget');

add_action('wp_dashboard_setup', 'stick_on_dashboard' );


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