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Bug #16033 Can't return reference to class member variable from class method.
Submitted: 2002-03-13 02:45 UTC Modified: 2002-03-13 12:42 UTC
Avg. Score:3.3 ± 1.2
Reproduced:3 of 3 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (66.7%)
Same OS:1 (33.3%)
From: gabeb at canada dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: 4.1.2 OS: RedHat Linux 7.2, BeOS
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2002-03-13 02:45 UTC] gabeb at canada dot com
References are screwy when returned from object methods. Witness the 
following (a script to illustrate the trouble): 


class StringList 
        var $strings = array(); 

        function &AddString( $a_string ) 
                $this->strings[] = $a_string; 
                /* return a reference to newly added item */
                return( $this->strings[count($this->strings)-1] ); 

$stringvar = "Hello World" ; 

$x = new StringList; 
$y = &$x->AddString( $stringvar ); 

/* this should change $x->strings[0], but does not! */
$y = "I love PHP!" ; 

/* This should NOT fail, but it does! */ 
assert( $y == $x->strings[0] ); 


One could reasonably infer that because $y is a reference to 
$x->strings[0], modifying $y would also cause $x->strings[0] to be 

THIS IS NOT THE CASE. After the call to AddString, $y is a COPY of 
$x->strings[0], which is NOT modified when we change $y's value.

Also, if I were to call AddString as $x->AddString("Some string"), $x->strings 
is no longer an array and print_r($x->strings) screams *RECURSION*! This is 
weird, because I am passing in the string using copy, and returning a reference 
to the added copy.

If this is the correct behavior, I'll eat my hat.

The configure line specified --without-mysql, --without-pear, and my prefix. 
That's all.


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 [2002-03-13 12:42 UTC] gabeb at canada dot com
Whoops, I messed up. Sorry!
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