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Bug #45385 unset in foreach breaks recrusion
Submitted: 2008-06-28 13:08 UTC Modified: 2008-06-29 17:18 UTC
From: espaiz at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: 5.2.6 OS: Debian 4.0.3
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2008-06-28 13:08 UTC] espaiz at gmail dot com
Made a simple recrusion function, sorting id by parentid, unsetting sorted values to shorten time of next recrusions. Unsetting inside foreach with deep arrays does work(!), but with simple array unset somehow stops the recrusion (first cicle will never finish its loop, the last loop will be made by latest child).

Tested with PHP 5.2.6 on Debian-40r3-amd64 and Windows Vista 32

Reproduce code:
function recrusion($array, $return, $pid=0, $level=0){
	foreach($array as $id=>$parent){
		if( $parent===$pid ){
			$return[$id]= $level;
			unset($array[$id]); /* remove this to get correct results */
			recrusion(&$array, &$return, $id, $level+1);
$return= array();
$array= array(1=>0,2=>1,3=>2,4=>3,5=>2,6=>2,7=>6,8=>6,9=>0,10=>0);
recrusion($array, &$return);
var_dump( $return );

Expected result:
array(10) { [1]=> int(0) [2]=> int(1) [3]=> int(2) [4]=> int(3) [5]=> int(2) [6]=> int(2) [7]=> int(3) [8]=> int(3) [9]=> int(0) [10]=> int(0) }

Actual result:
array(6) { [1]=> int(0) [2]=> int(1) [3]=> int(2) [4]=> int(3) [9]=> int(0) [10]=> int(0) } 


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 [2008-06-29 17:18 UTC]
Sorry, but your problem does not imply a bug in PHP itself.  For a
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for you.

Thank you for your interest in PHP. : "Note: Unless the array is referenced, foreach operates on a copy of the specified array and not the array itself."

$array = array(0,1,2);
$dummy =&$array;
foreach ($array as $k=>$v) {
    echo "$k:$v\n";

// 0:0
// 2:2

in your case, the array is referenced, so the unset will unset elements in the "parent" array which will affect the foreach of the parent call as well.
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