The behaviour of these functions is affected by settings in php.ini.
|output_handler||NULL||PHP_INI_PERDIR||Available since PHP 4.0.4.|
|implicit_flush||"0"||PHP_INI_ALL||PHP_INI_PERDIR in PHP <= 4.2.3.|
Here's a short explanation of the configuration directives.
You can enable output buffering for all files by setting this directive to 'On'. If you wish to limit the size of the buffer to a certain size - you can use a maximum number of bytes instead of 'On', as a value for this directive (e.g., output_buffering=4096). As of PHP 4.3.5, this directive is always Off in PHP-CLI.
You can redirect all of the output of your scripts to a function. For example, if you set output_handler to mb_output_handler(), character encoding will be transparently converted to the specified encoding. Setting any output handler automatically turns on output buffering.
Only built-in functions can be used with this directive. For user defined functions, use ob_start().
FALSE by default. Changing this to TRUE tells PHP to tell the output layer to flush itself automatically after every output block. This is equivalent to calling the PHP function flush() after each and every call to print() or echo() and each and every HTML block.
When using PHP within an web environment, turning this option on has serious performance implications and is generally recommended for debugging purposes only. This value defaults to TRUE when operating under the CLI SAPI.
See also ob_implicit_flush().