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Request #68777 \a escape not supported for double-quoted strings and heredocs
Submitted: 2015-01-09 10:27 UTC Modified: 2021-09-09 12:43 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 2.0
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (50.0%)
Same OS:1 (50.0%)
From: ajf at ajf dot me Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Strings related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: *
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 [2015-01-09 10:27 UTC] ajf at ajf dot me
Despite the support for the completely useless \v (vertical tab), \a, which produces the familiar terminal beep or flash that we all know and love, is conspicuously absent from PHP.

Test script:
echo "\a";

Expected result:
<terminal beeps/flashes/some other "alert" if supported>

Actual result:


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 [2015-01-09 11:50 UTC] anon at anon dot anon
Adding that would break backwards compatibility, so they will probably not do it without overwhelming reason to, but you can always use "\7" instead.
 [2015-01-09 18:16 UTC] ajf at ajf dot me
It would, but we have previously added \e, \v, \f, the first one in 5.4. I think it's an acceptable break for a minor or major.
 [2021-09-09 12:43 UTC]
-Type: Bug +Type: Feature/Change Request
 [2021-09-09 12:43 UTC]
That doesn't look like a bug to me, but rather a feature request.
 [2021-10-15 18:17 UTC] anthon dot pang at gmail dot com
The "\b" (backspace) isn't supported in double-quoted strings either. (That said, the sequence is supported in json_decode() per the spec,
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