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Bug #17290 Cannot use [] for reading
Submitted: 2002-05-17 11:02 UTC Modified: 2002-08-11 01:00 UTC
Avg. Score:3.9 ± 1.1
Reproduced:31 of 31 (100.0%)
Same Version:7 (22.6%)
Same OS:15 (48.4%)
From: mellow at mellow dot dk Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 4.1.2 OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2002-05-17 11:02 UTC] mellow at mellow dot dk
I've build an array using the following in a function :

$this->get_data(array("","","and D.XiParentId= 'gwak_root_element' ORDER BY D.vcOrder"));
        $arrCategory = $this->return_array();
        for($i = 0 ; $i < sizeof($arrCategory) ; $i++) {
            $this->get_data(array("","","and D.XiParentId = '" . $arrCategory[$i]["XiDataId"] . "' ORDER BY D.vcOrder"));
            $arrItem[$arrCategory[$i]["vcItemId"]] = $this->return_array();
return $arrItem;

This constructs an array with values like :
$arrItem["project_priority"][0] = array(...)
$arrItem["project_priority"][1] = array(...)

Later I tried to do the following to the returned $arrItem :
$arrItem["project_severity"][] = array("XiDataId" => "gwak_get_all", "vcText" => "All");

This gives the error :
Fatal error: Cannot use [] for reading in /home/plb/public_html/gwak/module/project/include/Task.class.php on line 160

Funny because doing the following :
        $arrThis["here"][] = array("XiDataId" => "asdasdas", "vcText" => "324234234");
        $arrThis["here"][] = array("XiDataId" => "asdasdas", "vcText" => "324234234");
        $arrThis["here"][] = array("tr" => "ert");
        $arrThis["where"][] = array("er" => "ert");
        $arrThis["where"][] = array("we" => "ert");
        $arrThis["where"][] = array("tr" => "ert");

gives no error at all, eventhough $arrThis and $arrItem have exactly the same format. Do you guys have an idea what is going on here?

The only thing i can see could cause the problem is that $arrItem is built using "arrays within arrays":
$arrItem[$arrCategory[$i]["vcItemId"]] = array(...);
Can this be the cause or...

In advance thx...


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 [2002-05-24 06:08 UTC] witterstein at web dot de
I occured a similar error when using (also on lx-machine)

while ($db->next_record())
/* Fix for php 4.2.1 */
	$curstate[$foo] = $db->f('RIS_ALLOWED');
/* End Fix
	$curmain[$db->f('RIS_VSR_FK')] = $db->f('RIS_ISMAIN'); <-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
	$defmainvs = $db->f('RIS_ISMAIN') == 'YES' ? $db->f('RIS_VSR_FK') : $defmainvs;

Parse error: parse error, unexpected T_OBJECT_OPERATOR, expecting ']' in xxx on line 166 <-!!!!!!!!!!!! this line

That means that accessing an object in a class instance and using this as the arrays index also does not work, using a simple variable does work.

Probably there is a major bug in the parser (priority?), because the workaround with $array[{$array_b[1][2]}], which I would expect that first {$array_b[1][2]} is evaluated and then $array[$evaluation_result] gets the error that no {} are allowed. I am not sure this is a new bug, but I remember in 4.0.x it always worked fine.
 [2002-06-26 14:09 UTC] robjohnwilson at hotmail dot com
I seem to be getting this error also in 4.2.1 running on SunOS - is this possible?
 [2002-07-10 23:25 UTC]
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shows the problem..

 [2002-08-11 01:00 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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 [2006-03-18 21:17 UTC] 7l9it46r1adm1l1 at jetable dot com
I got the same strange Fatal error (using Windows XP, PHP PHP 5.0.4):
Fatal error: Cannot use [] for reading in ... on line 82

if ($insert->check($_POST['value']) === FALSE)
   $error[] == 'Error'; // line 82

Zend Developer didn't give any warnings so there shouldn't be any syntax mistakse in that PHP file.
 [2006-04-18 19:03 UTC] oliver at samera dot com dot py
Seems to be a class related bug, here is a simple test-case:

// php 4.3.9 - CentOS 4.3 - - 18-apr-2006

// -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
class cache_db {
	var $resultado_array;

	function cache_db() {
		$this->$resultado_array = array();

	// abre un archivo y lo carga en memoria
	function cache_open() {
		$archivo_array = array(array('1'), array('2'), array('3'));
		$resultado_array = array();

		foreach($archivo_array as $linea) {
			$resultado_array[] = $linea;
			$this->$resultado_array[] = $linea;

// without a class
$archivo_array = array(array('1'), array('2'), array('3'));
$resultado_array = array();

foreach($archivo_array as $linea) {
	$resultado_array[] = $linea;

 [2006-06-12 13:01 UTC] Matt_B at TinyOnline dot co dot uk
I've just had the same problem, from changing a variable from global, to class specific. After some confusion I realised I forgot to remove the $, just like in your example:

$this->$resultado_array[] should be

and then it all works fine.
 [2007-07-20 21:56 UTC] asohn at aircanopy dot net
PHP 4.3.4
I got this error when mistakenly used "return $variable[];" instead of "return $variable" in a user defined function.
 [2008-09-16 17:22 UTC] naugtur at gmail dot com
I've had the same problem. It reported the error in line 26, but the line was ok. I often try entering empty lines - it reveals if the error is somewhere else. The problem with this error is just trying to read something like this:

if you try:
without putting something between [] you get this error. 

Everything would be ok if PHP reported it in correct line. Please fix that! It would save people ages of looking the code through!
 [2008-11-27 12:29 UTC] tomis at centrum dot cz
If the problem is not the obvious one
i.e. $x = $my_array[]; which is wrong because empty [] are only for setting, there can be this case(as posted by [18 Apr 2006 7:03pm UTC] oliver at samera dot com dot py)
it is not a bug, but a way how PHP treats calling of variables
simple test case 
class A {
public $field = array();
public $field2 = array();
public function AddToField($fieldname, $item){
$this->$fieldname[] = $item;
this throws an error because PHP is trying to read fieldname WITH the parenthsis 
so the workaround is to put 
$this->{$fieldname}[]=$item and it is working - it just helps compiler what did you ment with $fieldname.
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