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Bug #40712 return after "or"
Submitted: 2007-03-03 18:54 UTC Modified: 2007-03-04 04:09 UTC
From: s dot j dot t dot mocking at students dot uu dot nl Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: *Programming Data Structures
PHP Version: 5.2.1 OS: Linux (Debian Testing)
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2007-03-03 18:54 UTC] s dot j dot t dot mocking at students dot uu dot nl
"<statement> or die" works as expected, but "<statement> or return" results in syntax errors.

Haven't found anything in the documentation which describes this behavior. If it's not a bug, it's very counterintuitive.

Reproduce code:
This works:

function foo()
  0 or die("bla");

This produces a syntax error:

function bar()
  0 or return ("bla");

Expected result:
I would expect bar() to return bla

Actual result:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_RETURN


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 [2007-03-04 04:09 UTC]
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 [2015-05-13 15:49 UTC] someone dot wanted dot to dot be dot unknown at gmail dot com
In 2015, I'd like to ask php developers team make this feature available.
We can't write very clear code like

> <?php
> unlink() or return false;

Instead of that we forced to use huge if statement:

> <?php
> if (!unlink())
>   return false;

I think community will be pleasant if we will see this feature implemented.
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