Custom 404 page in PHP using .htaccess file. If page dosen't exist redirect to error.php. I don't know why but it doesn't work. Notice: Undefined index: REDIRECT_STATUS on line 2

$ettor_title = '';
$error_message = '';
    if($error == 404) {
        $ettor_title = '404 Page Not Found';
        $error_message = 'The document/file requested was not found on this server';
    <!doctype html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
        <h1><?php echo $ettor_title; ?></h1>
        <h5><?php echo $error_message; ?></h5>


ErrorDocument 404 https://doamin.com/error.php

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ErrorDocument 404 https://doamin.com/error.php

You need to use a root-relative URL-path, not an absolute URL in the ErrorDocument directive. If you specify an absolute URL then it will trigger a 302 redirect to the error document (and a 200 OK response when the error document is served) and consequently, any information about the request that caused the error (such as REDIRECT_STATUS and REDIRECT_URL etc.) is lost - which is what's happening here.

A root-relative URL-path results in an internal subrequest and a 404 response from Apache. For example:

ErrorDocument 404 /error.php




However, you should always test that the variable exists before using it. If the error document is requested directly (which is essentially what's happening above) then REDIRECT_STATUS is not set. For example:

$error = $_SERVER["REDIRECT_STATUS"] ?? null;
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    root-relative URL-path that was my problem. Thank you very much for your help. Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 14:12

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