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Request #76811 Add option to var_export so arrays use brackets []
Submitted: 2018-08-29 20:31 UTC Modified: 2021-08-23 14:50 UTC
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From: mark at seventhcycle dot net Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Variables related
PHP Version: Next Minor Version OS: Any
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 [2018-08-29 20:31 UTC] mark at seventhcycle dot net
Right now, any arrays that are exported via var_export use the longer array() syntax.

What would be useful here is a third optional argument to var_export:

e.g: var_export($arr, FALSE, TRUE);

Where if the third argument is set to true, the output would use the shorter, PHP 5.4 syntax.

There are already functions out there (search for var_export54) that do this sort of thing, however, it would be useful if this were in core PHP.

The third argument isn't necessary, however, I propose doing it this way to not break compatibility for existing people who are using var_export.

Test script:
$arr = [
    'key' => 'value',
    'mushroom' => [
        'badger' => 1

var_export($arr, FALSE, TRUE);

Expected result:
    'key' => 'value',
    'mushroom' => [
        'badger' => 1

Actual result:
array (
  'key' => 'value',
  'mushroom' => 
  array (
    'badger' => 1,


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 [2018-08-29 22:38 UTC]
Makes some sense, in my opinion.  Instead of bool parameter, I'd
go for a bitset instead, since there may well be other useful
options.  I suggest to discuss this on the internals@ mailing

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 [2021-08-23 14:50 UTC]
-Package: Arrays related +Package: Variables related
 [2021-08-23 14:50 UTC]
There is a respective RFC, but apparently that went nowhere.

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