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Doc Bug #65907 json_decode returns NULL if input is NULL
Submitted: 2013-10-16 00:36 UTC Modified: 2014-12-30 10:42 UTC
From: bsasser at sindtech dot net Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: JSON related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: Linux/GNU
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2013-10-16 00:36 UTC] bsasser at sindtech dot net
Description:
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From manual page: http://www.php.net/function.json-encode#refsect1-function.json-encode-returnvalues
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It states "Return Values

Returns a JSON encoded string on success or FALSE on failure."

Except, when input is NULL, it returns NULL, not FALSE.

Ref. bug #49588 where the following comment is made:
" [2012-07-02 16:58 UTC] gudjonj at gmail dot com

To return null if encoding is incorrect makes no sense."

This is not a duplicate - this is expressly for NULL as input (all other bug reports involve special characters/local issues).  However, the comment is correct - returning NULL [for any reason] if encoding makes no sense.

Test script:
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$a = NULL;
$b = FALSE;
$c = array("Hello","world!");

var_dump(json_encode($a));

var_dump(json_encode($b));

var_dump(json_encode($c));


Expected result:
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When encoding NULL, FALSE is the expected output (not just because it makes sense, but because the documentation says so ;-)   ).

Actual result:
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NULL

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 [2013-11-01 05:20 UTC] yohgaki@php.net
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback
 [2013-11-01 05:20 UTC] yohgaki@php.net
I guess you are using Debian or Ubuntu aren't you?
IIRC, there is similar bug reports from these OS users.

BTW, my PHP from Fedora 19 returns null/true/false as expected.
 [2014-12-30 10:42 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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