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Bug #49251 wrong object created
Submitted: 2009-08-14 13:49 UTC Modified: 2009-09-25 18:32 UTC
From: ies_clan at hotmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.*, 6 (2009-08-17) OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2009-08-14 13:49 UTC] ies_clan at hotmail dot com
if u try to create a new object from an simple xml-objekt-property you got an simple xml object :(

Reproduce code:
class test {}

$Xml = new SimpleXMLElement('<root><classname>stdclass</classname></root>');
$XmlClass = new $Xml->classname('<root />');

$MyClass = new stdclass();
$MyClass->classname = 'test';
$stdclass = new $MyClass->classname();

Expected result:
stdclass Object
test Object

Actual result:
SimpleXMLElement Object
test Object


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 [2009-08-17 18:19 UTC]
Quite weird indeed. And verified in all branches.
 [2009-08-17 18:22 UTC]
And it only happens with 'new'.
 [2009-09-25 18:32 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

simpleXML returns simpleXML objects when accessing properties of the 
document, and calling new on the returned object, creates a new object 
of that type returned.

You need to cast to string before calling new, i.e.:
$mclass = (string)$Xml->classname;
$XmlClass = new $mclass('<root />');
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