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Request #6107 increments are magic, decrements not
Submitted: 2000-08-11 08:03 UTC Modified: 2007-01-07 11:16 UTC
Avg. Score:3.5 ± 0.5
Reproduced:0 of 1 (0.0%)
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Status: Closed Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 4.3.2 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2000-08-11 08:03 UTC]
try this:

echo $a;

what do you expect? of course 'a', what do you get? 'b'


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 [2000-08-11 08:09 UTC]
depending on POV it could be a feature request too...
 [2000-08-11 09:08 UTC]
perhaps it?s more than I thought, try this:

echo $n='??';
echo ++$n;
echo ++$n;

what happens? nothing. If someone?s going to review that magical mechanism, he/she should document it OR improve it
 [2003-04-21 17:19 UTC]
After some quick research it looks like what you describe is expected behavior and therefore should be documented, but not changed (at least not without some discussion on php.internals or zend.engine2).

In Zend/zend_operators.c:
ZEND_API int increment_function(zval *op1)
  case IS_STRING:
    /* Perl style string increment */

ZEND_API int decrement_function(zval *op1)
  case IS_STRING:
    /* Like perl we only support string increment */
    /* Try to work with string as a number or leave it alone */

The increment_string() function works from right to left, incrementing any character in the range [A-Za-z0-9], if the character is Z, z, or 9, it will roll over to A, a, or 0 respectively and 'carry-over' to the next alphanumeric.  Incrementing continues until no carry-over is encountered.

Personally, it seems to me that there should be a decrement_string() equivalent, but this is a messy thing to do with strings anyway.
 [2003-04-21 17:34 UTC]
I added a note and example in the docs.  Status -> Closed (wow, this is an old bug :)
 [2003-04-21 20:52 UTC]
Making this as a feature request again.
 [2007-01-07 11:16 UTC]
This is not going to change, ever, and is documented 
 [2020-02-07 06:12 UTC]
Automatic comment on behalf of alindeman
Log: fix bug #6107
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