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Doc Bug #77323 Since 7.1 $var[] = 'entry'; throws Fatal. This is unclear in the docs.
Submitted: 2018-12-20 10:43 UTC Modified: 2019-01-02 17:02 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:0 of 0 (0.0%)
From: powtac at gmx dot de Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Arrays related
PHP Version: >= 7.1 OS: N/A
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2018-12-20 10:43 UTC] powtac at gmx dot de
From manual page:

Despite the note in the documentation "Note: array_push() will raise a warning if the first argument is not an array. This differs from the $var[] behaviour where a new array is created.",  this is not correct for PHP >= 7.1 where a Fatal Error is thrown when the variable is a empty string.


Test script:
$var = '';
$var[] = 'make me an array';

Expected result:
According to the docs a new array should be created. 

Actual result:
Fatal error: Uncaught Error: [] operator not supported for strings in /in/SPBA6:5 Stack trace: #0 {main} thrown in /in/SPBA6 on line 5
Process exited with code 255.


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 [2019-01-01 21:24 UTC]
-Package: Documentation problem +Package: Arrays related -Operating System: linux +Operating System: N/A -PHP Version: 7.1.25 +PHP Version: >= 7.1
 [2019-01-01 21:24 UTC]
This change is documented in the migration guide:

Moreover, this change applies to all array functions and not just array_push() and I don't think that this old behavior should be documented (due to the fact everything pre PHP 7.1 is EOL).

 [2019-01-02 17:02 UTC]
> […] and I don't think that this old behavior should be
> documented (due to the fact everything pre PHP 7.1 is EOL).

The PHP manual is currently supposed to document the behavior for
all PHP versions as of PHP 5.0.0.
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