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Request #39116 var_export get's fatal error on recursion
Submitted: 2006-10-10 13:31 UTC Modified: 2006-10-10 13:35 UTC
From: dekelb at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 5.2.0RC5 OS: linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2006-10-10 13:31 UTC] dekelb at gmail dot com
When sending some recursion variable to var_export it gets "Fatal error: Nesting level too deep - recursive dependency?" while var_dump inform of *RECURSION*. I'm not sure it is a bug, but i think it worth thinking of changing.
CLI output:
php > class a { };
php > $a = new a();
php > $a->a = &$a;
php > var_dump($a);
object(a)#1 (1) {
  &object(a)#1 (1) {
php > var_export($a);
   'a' =>
     'a' =>
       'a' =>

Fatal error: Nesting level too deep - recursive dependency? in php shell code on line 1


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 [2006-10-10 13:35 UTC]
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We can\'t change this by adding some text when this happens, as that would not result in valid PHP code in that case (which is the purpose of this function).
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