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Bug #12848 asort-SORT_NUMERIC inconsistent with non numeric values
Submitted: 2001-08-19 18:57 UTC Modified: 2001-10-21 01:51 UTC
From: kzi at gmx dot net Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: 4.0.6 OS: win98
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2001-08-19 18:57 UTC] kzi at gmx dot net
If asort() is used with the sort flag SORT_NUMERIC and the values ar non numeric, the sort order of those values should remain unchanged in principle. But in arrays with few of such non numeric items (app. < 10), the first item is generally moved to the bottom, while in arrays with more items, one element from somewhere in the middle is moved to the top.

$q = array(1=>'A',2=>'B',3=>'C',4=>'D',5=>'E');

produces the value sequence B,C,D,E,A


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 [2001-10-21 01:51 UTC]
Can not reproduce with PHP 4.1.0RC1.


 [2002-04-28 08:03 UTC] developer at i-space dot org
i have the same problem :
using 6 array : $years, $months, $ids, $titles, $urls, $dates
and doing :
$ar = array($years, $months, $ids, $titles, $urls, $dts);
array_multisort($ar[0], SORT_DESC, SORT_NUMERIC, $ar[1], SORT_NUMERIC, SORT_DESC, $ar[2], $ar[3], $ar[4], $ar[5]);
which results "Warning: Array sizes are inconsistent in ...". even with SORT_REGULAR it gives the same error. but it sorts them which is pretty funny :)
i suppress it with @ and it sorts them without showing warnings - the only way it works
p.s. it shwo that warning from time to time - not always.
 [2002-09-27 06:44 UTC] tadgher at yahoo dot com
I've also encountered this problem.

PHP Version 4.2.3

FreeBSD 4.7-PRERELEASE #1: Mon Sep 2 12:14:18 IST 2002  

Configure Command:
 './configure' '--with-apxs=/usr/local/sbin/apxs' '--with-config-file-path=/usr/local/etc' '--enable-versioning' '--with-regex=system' '--without-gd' '--without-mysql' '--with-mhash=/usr/local' '--with-pgsql=/usr/local' '--with-ldap=/usr/local' '--enable-xslt' '--with-xslt-sablot=/usr/local' '--enable-trans-sid' '--with-expat-dir=/usr/local' '--with-iconv=/usr/local' '--prefix=/usr/local' 'i386-portbld-freebsd4.7'

(built from FreeBSD ports collection)

// create an array
$array = array();
for ($i = 1; $i < 25; $i++) {
  array_push($array,"Dublin $i");
// randomise it
$rand_array = array();
srand ((float) microtime() * 10000000);
foreach (array_rand($array,sizeof($array)) as $index) {

// get it sorted by string
$array_sorted_str = $rand_array;
// get it sorted numerically
$array_sorted_num = $rand_array;

echo "Original array";
echo "<ul>";
foreach ($array as $v) {
  echo "<li>$v</li>";
echo "</ul>";

echo "Randomised array";
echo "<ul>";
foreach ($rand_array as $v) {
  echo "<li>$v</li>";
echo "</ul>";

echo "array sorted by string";
echo "<ul>";
foreach ($array_sorted_str as $v) {
  echo "<li>$v</li>";
echo "</ul>";

echo "array sorted numerically";
echo "<ul>";
foreach ($array_sorted_num as $v) {
  echo "<li>$v</li>";
echo "</ul>";

I would expect the numeric sort to give me Dublin 1, Dublin 2...Dublin 11,Dublin 12...Dublin 20 etc. 

While it does change the array, it appears to do so in a random fashion (at least I cannot understand it).

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