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Request #70643 Allow update of class alias
Submitted: 2015-10-05 14:40 UTC Modified: 2020-01-08 16:01 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 0.0
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From: remyfox at hotmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Wont fix Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: Next Major Version OS: irrelevant
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2015-10-05 14:40 UTC] remyfox at hotmail dot com
Since a class alias is assigned during run time, I suppose it would make sense to allow a class alias's update.

Use case:
E.g. in a system where multiple classes of different code versions (temporarily) exist to ensure backward compatibility when importing a number of updates. The versions of the class could all be put in separate temporarily generated uniquely named namespaces. During the execution of the updates, the class alias could be updated once it reaches an update which needs to use a newer version of a class that was also used by previous updates - albeit in an older state.

Might be a good idea to include this in PHP 7. It seems like a small enhancement.

Test script:
class A {}
class B {}

class_alias("A", "X");

class_alias("B", "X");

Expected result:
Class alias X becomes B's alias.

Actual result:
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class A


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 [2020-01-08 16:01 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Wont fix
 [2020-01-08 16:01 UTC]
We're definitely not going to support this, as it makes inheritance checks unsound.

If you want to use the same library in multiple versions (or more typically, to avoid phar conflicts) you might want to take a look at
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