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Bug #25484 functions which accept a reference from inside a loop lose their value
Submitted: 2003-09-11 04:20 UTC Modified: 2003-09-18 06:02 UTC
From: nick at itomic dot com Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 5.0.0b2 OS: Redhat 9
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-09-11 04:20 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
when a class function accepts a reference parameter & stores that reference in the object, if that parameter passed in is created & recreated inside a loop, then the reference that the class points to changes to the last value of the parameter in the loop.

This is confusing behavious, but it is not necessary buggy behavious no PHP's behalf, maybe it just requires better documentation.

I can see the situation where an object needs to be passed a reference to an object, _not_ a copy of a reference (i.e. when dealing with obbject trees, or lists).

In the below example this may differ from when I am passing in some pre-existing variable (i.e. a variable returned from a class iterator), rather than a variable that is created in the loop

Reproduce code:
// plz note this is pseudo code

$res = mysql_query(...);

// this part of the code has been tested

while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($res))
	$foos[] =& new foo($row);

foreach($foos as $key => $foo)

class foo
	var $_var = NULL;
	function foo(&$var)
		$this->_var =& $var;

Expected result:
something like:
array(2) {
  string(1) "1"
  string(10) "Incomplete"
array(2) {
  string(1) "2"
  string(8) "Complete"
array(2) {
  string(1) "3"
  string(10) "Not Needed"
array(2) {
  string(1) "4"
  string(7) "Waiting"
array(2) {
  string(1) "5"
  string(9) "Submitted"

Actual result:


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 [2003-09-11 04:22 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
sorry the third paragraph should read:

I can see the situation where an object needs to be passed a reference
to an object, _not_ a copy of an object(i.e. when dealing with
obbject trees, or lists).
 [2003-09-11 10:12 UTC]
ZE2 is in PHP 5. And provide a working example script, not some pseudo code..

 [2003-09-18 06:02 UTC]
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