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Doc Bug #68136 list intrinsic starting with the right-most parameter
Submitted: 2014-10-02 20:39 UTC Modified: 2016-11-11 21:53 UTC
From: rstoll at tutteli dot ch Assigned: nikic (profile)
Status: Closed Package: PHP Language Specification
PHP Version: 5.6.0 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2014-10-02 20:39 UTC] rstoll at tutteli dot ch


The manual states:
list() assigns the values starting with the right-most parameter. If you are using plain variables, you don't have to worry about this. But if you are using arrays with indices you usually expect the order of the indices in the array the same you wrote in the list() from left to right; which it isn't. It's assigned in the reverse order.

Right now I cannot really grasp what this warning tries to explain but I can see that it is missing in the spec.

Either the manual is wrong or the spec


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 [2014-11-22 19:14 UTC]
The quoted warning describes the result for the following example:

    list($arr[], $arr[], $arr[]) = array(0, 100, 67);

All currently released versions have the resulting $arr like so:

    array(67, 100, 0);

Do note, that this has been changed in php-src's master branch.
 [2014-11-22 19:15 UTC]
Or when providing explicit indices:

    list($arr['a'], $arr['b'], $arr['c']) = array(0, 100, 67);


    array('c' => 67, 'b' => 100, 'a' => 0);
 [2016-11-11 21:53 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Closed -Assigned To: +Assigned To: nikic
 [2016-11-11 21:53 UTC]
As of PHP 7.0 list assignment occur left-to-right. The spec covers this in the sentence "The assignments must occur in this order.".
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