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Bug #71611 array index starting with number in double quote string
Submitted: 2016-02-16 18:27 UTC Modified: 2018-09-09 01:27 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (100.0%)
Same OS:-2 (-100.0%)
From: asylow at free dot fr Assigned:
Status: Open Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 7.1 OS:
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 [2016-02-16 18:27 UTC] asylow at free dot fr
In a double quoted string, an array index beginning with numbers followed by letters  is not correctly interpreted.

The documentation regarding Nowdocs says : "With array indices, the closing square bracket (]) marks the end of the index." but the parser seems to stop at the first alpha character.

Of course this can be treated with the "Complex (curly) syntax" but "1a" is not more complex than "a1".

Test script:
$array['a1'] = 'foo';
echo "$donnees[a1]";
// foo

$array['1a'] = 'foo';
echo "$donnees[1a]";
// Parse error: syntax error, unexpected 'a' (T_STRING), expecting ']'

Expected result:

Actual result:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected 'a' (T_STRING), expecting ']'


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 [2016-02-16 23:23 UTC]
This may be fixed, but working syntax is

echo "${array['1a']}";
echo "{$array['1a']}";

You should use {} for complex expression. We need improvement for string offset, though.

php > echo "${str{1}}";
PHP Parse error:  syntax error, unexpected '{' in php shell code on line 1

php > echo "{$str{1}}";
 [2018-09-09 01:14 UTC]
The change for this bug may also affect the way we declare variables starting with a number:
 [2018-09-09 01:27 UTC]
-PHP Version: 5.6.18 +PHP Version: 7.1
 [2018-09-09 01:27 UTC]
> the parser seems to stop at the first alpha character
Keys like "a1a" work. The parser is deciding whether the key is a string or number based on the first character: starts with a letter then it's a string, starts with a number then it's a number. So "1a" looks like a number at first, but then it hits the 'a' and gets confused.

Given the normal string/int type juggling with array keys, I suspect treating the key always as a string would work.
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