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Bug #80487 PHP returns static when expecting self
Submitted: 2020-12-05 03:15 UTC Modified: 2020-12-05 03:25 UTC
From: raincomplain at outlook dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: 8.0.0 OS: Irrelevant
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2020-12-05 03:15 UTC] raincomplain at outlook dot com
PHP 8 throws a TypeError when expecting static but getting self, which makes sense, but it seems to work the other way around! and PHP will not complain when expecting self but getting static, this is not consistent and can lead to unexpected result too.

Test script:
class A {
    public static function get(): self {
        return new static;
    public static function name(): void {
        echo 'A';

class B extends A {

    public static function name(): void {
        echo 'B';

echo $a->get()->name();

Expected result:
Fatal error: Uncaught TypeError: A::get(): Return value must be of type A, B returned

Actual result:


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 [2020-12-05 03:20 UTC] raincomplain at outlook dot com
echo $a->get()->name(); is a typo please ignore it
 [2020-12-05 03:25 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug
 [2020-12-05 03:25 UTC]
There isn't a bug here. A return type of `self` in this case means `A` or any sub-type of `A`. To change this would be a _massive_ backwards compatibility break.
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