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Request #47967 array_clone - would also clone referenced objects
Submitted: 2009-04-14 14:44 UTC Modified: 2014-12-30 10:41 UTC
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From: r at dumb dot ro Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: 5.2.9 OS: Irrelevant
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-04-14 14:44 UTC] r at dumb dot ro
When you pass an array of objects to a function (not by reference) and you modfiy one of the objects in the array, the main array (the referenced objects) will be modified. This wasn't a problem until objects got passed by reference by default.

Reproduce code:
$class A

$a = new A();
$a->x = 10;

$arr = array($a);

function foo($arr)
    $arr[0]->x = 1;



Expected result:
the expected result would be 10

Actual result:
since the array is internally using references for the stored objects the result will be 1.

to fix this I wrote a function that clones the array properly and I'm calling the function like this:



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 [2009-04-14 19:12 UTC] code at dumb dot ro
One more thing I'd like to add:

In order for this function to work properly and for cloning in general, I think PHP would need 2 different kinds of references, an implicit and an explicit one.

Basically if I'd say $arr = array(new Obj()); it would use an implicit reference, therefore when I'll clone the array the object would also be cloned. If I say $arr = array(&new Obj()); that would be an explicit reference so I want the array to be an array of references and therefore the referenced object won't be cloned.

This subject should be discussed in detail before implementation, because it has huge ramifications, basically the whole cloning process could be changed.
 [2011-01-23 21:14 UTC]
-Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: Class/Object related -Operating System: all +Operating System: *
 [2014-04-16 23:31 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback -Operating System: * +Operating System: Irrelevant
 [2014-04-16 23:31 UTC]
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 [2014-12-30 10:41 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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