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Bug #66917 __set will not called in any situation
Submitted: 2014-03-17 14:04 UTC Modified: 2014-03-18 16:26 UTC
From: daniel dot chobe at nextiraone dot eu Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: Irrelevant
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2014-03-17 14:04 UTC] daniel dot chobe at nextiraone dot eu
The __set Magic Method will be called only one time if the variable is not defined. If the variable defined, __set will not called anymore, but the value is changed. See Example.

Test script:

class test {
	public function __set($name, $value) {
		echo "Set $name to $value" . PHP_EOL;
		$this->$name = $value;

$test = new test();

$test->foo = 1;
echo 'Foo: ' . $test->foo . PHP_EOL;

$test->foo = 2;
echo 'Foo: ' . $test->foo . PHP_EOL;

Expected result:
Set foo to 1
Foo: 1
Set foo to 2
Foo: 2

Actual result:
Set foo to 1
Foo: 1
Foo: 2


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 [2014-03-17 16:21 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug
 [2014-03-17 16:21 UTC]
That is true: when your __set() defined $name on the instance it was no longer "not defined" and thus the method will not be called for it in the future.
If you don't want that to happen then don't define $name on the instance - stick it in an array or something.
 [2014-03-18 06:35 UTC] daniel dot chobe at nextiraone dot eu
Ok, I don't like this behavior, it is not logical.

But anyway is it possible to update the documentation to describe this behavior to other people?
 [2014-03-18 16:26 UTC]
Would you like to? You can go to any documentation page, click the Edit link in the top-right corner to go to the PHP Docbook Online Editor, and make an appropriate change to the page. It can go on the site once it's been reviewed by the documentation team.
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