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Bug #48789 foreach($a as $k => &$v) gives unexpected behavior
Submitted: 2009-07-03 15:46 UTC Modified: 2009-07-03 15:49 UTC
From: ehsmeng at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: 5.2.10 OS: Windows XP
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-07-03 15:46 UTC] ehsmeng at gmail dot com
The last foreach seems to corrupt $rows_unsorted. The last var_dump() in the log reports false.

Reproduce code:
    $rows_unsorted = array();
    for ($i = 0; $i < 4; $i++)
        array_push($rows_unsorted, array("apa" . $i));

    $rows_index = array();
    foreach ($rows_unsorted as $k => &$row)
        array_push($rows_index, sprintf("%03d_%d", strlen($row[0]), $k));

    for ($i = 0; $i < 4; $i++)

    foreach ($rows_index as $idx)
        list ($len, $rowOffs) = split('_', $idx);
        $row = false;
        $row = $rows_unsorted[0 + $rowOffs];


Expected result:
I was expecting all values in $rows_unsorted to have been dumped.


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 [2009-07-03 15:48 UTC] ehsmeng at gmail dot com
Sorry, forgot: If I change &$row to $row in the first foreach all works as I expect it to.
 [2009-07-03 15:49 UTC]
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