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Bug #35672 endless loop with children() iterator
Submitted: 2005-12-14 23:12 UTC Modified: 2005-12-15 00:23 UTC
From: jw at jwscripts dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.1.1 OS: Windows XP
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-12-14 23:12 UTC] jw at jwscripts dot com
Not sure if this a bug or a feature, but when applying a fixed reference to a member of the iterator returned by the children() method in a foreach construct, it gets stuck in an infinite loop.

Reproduce code:

$xml = '<parent><element /><child /></parent>';
$xmldoc = simplexml_load_string($xml);
$elements = $xmldoc->children();

foreach ($elements as $element) {


Expected result:
Finished after a couple of seconds at most.

Actual result:
Infinite loop.


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 [2005-12-15 00:23 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

You are using the same iterator twice. Thus the loop body resets itself.
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