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Bug #25758 var_export fails to escape quotes
Submitted: 2003-10-06 07:15 UTC Modified: 2003-10-07 21:15 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:0 of 0 (0.0%)
From: hiroki at asakawa dot net Assigned:
Status: Closed Package: Variables related
PHP Version: 4.3.3 OS: Widows2000
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2003-10-06 07:15 UTC] hiroki at asakawa dot net
Using var_export, single quotes in keys are not be escaped.

Reproduce code:
$test = array( "quote'" => array( "quote'" ) );
echo var_export($test,true);

Expected result:
array ( 'quote\'' => array ( 0 => 'quote\'', ), )

Actual result:
array ( 'quote'' => array ( 0 => 'quote\'', ), )


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 [2003-10-06 16:11 UTC]
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a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
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This is expected behaviour.
 [2003-10-07 07:26 UTC] hiroki at asakawa dot net says
> It is similar to var_dump() with the exception that the 
> returned representation is valid PHP code. 
But above code does not generate valid PHP code.
Isn't it a bug?
 [2003-10-07 21:15 UTC]
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