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Bug #42437 Results from xpath() cannot be deleted
Submitted: 2007-08-27 08:23 UTC Modified: 2007-08-27 10:29 UTC
From: guenther dot stadler at gmx dot net Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.2.3 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2007-08-27 08:23 UTC] guenther dot stadler at gmx dot net
Elements of the array returned by xpath() cannot be deleted.
I can change those elements, but deleting is impossible.

How can I delete a node returned by xpath()? Is there a way to find out where the node I found is within the whole xml tree?

Thanks, G?nther.

Reproduce code:
$xmlstr = <<<XML
<?xml version='1.0' standalone='yes'?>
 <movie>Movie One</movie>
 <movie>Movie Two</movie>

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($xmlstr);

$movs = $xml->xpath('//movie');

// Trying to delete the reference returned by xpath

// $movs[0] = NULL; doesn't work either

// No changes
echo $xml->asXML();


Expected result:
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
 <movie>Movie Two</movie>

Actual result:
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
 <movie>Movie One</movie>
 <movie>Movie Two</movie>


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 [2007-08-27 10:29 UTC]
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