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Bug #76725 Self-referencing constant fatal error in specific case
Submitted: 2018-08-09 12:57 UTC Modified: 2018-08-09 13:24 UTC
Avg. Score:4.2 ± 0.8
Reproduced:4 of 4 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (25.0%)
Same OS:2 (50.0%)
From: martin dot ninov at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 7.2.8 OS: Ubuntu16.04 and W10
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2018-08-09 12:57 UTC] martin dot ninov at gmail dot com
The test script generates a Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Cannot declare self-referencing constant 'self::FOO'

All lines of test script are required, except the last line, which is just there to output something.

Removing any of the following eliminates the error:
second constant
constant assignment

I tested on a number on both win10 and linux(ubuntu 16.04), and a number of php 7.2 versions.

says it works on php5.6 versions and fails in php7.0+

Test script:

namespace Waffles;

abstract class A
    const FOO = self::FOO;

    const OTHER = 0;

    private $waf = self::OTHER;

class B extends A
    const FOO = 'waffles';

$foo = new B();

echo $foo::FOO;

Expected result:

Actual result:
Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Cannot declare self-referencing constant 'self::FOO' 


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 [2018-08-09 13:01 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback -Package: *General Issues +Package: Testing related
 [2018-08-09 13:01 UTC]
What exactly is the bug here? That there is no error if the property declaration is removed?
 [2018-08-09 13:02 UTC]
-Package: Testing related +Package: Scripting Engine problem
 [2018-08-09 13:05 UTC] martin dot ninov at gmail dot com
The bug is that somehow a bunch of unrelated statements cause the code to fail.

Also, I misspoke when I said 'constant assignment', I meant the 'property declaration' indeed.
 [2018-08-09 13:24 UTC]
-Status: Feedback +Status: Open -Package: Scripting Engine problem +Package: *General Issues
 [2018-08-09 13:24 UTC]
So generally, the code either failing or not failing is fine in this case. It can fail because that constant declaration is clearly illegal, it can not fail because the constant is not actually used.

But there's definitely something fishy going on here. While the impact of the property declaration doesn't surprise me much (probably triggers a full class initializer resolution), I don't see how the namespace declaration should impact this.
 [2018-08-11 14:48 UTC] a at b dot c dot de
Dunno how relevant this is, but in 7.2.8 under Windows 10, it fails when run as a script, but succeeds (and prints "waffles") when entered with -a's interactive shell.
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