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Request #81058 Inedible syntax porridge
Submitted: 2021-05-20 10:24 UTC Modified: 2021-05-20 10:42 UTC
From: zmfw1991 at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Compile Warning
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: all?
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2021-05-20 10:24 UTC] zmfw1991 at gmail dot com
Semicolon after Control Structures.

Versions: php8.0.3, maybe php 5.3 and <5

Test script:

$arr = ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd'];


        example 1

echo "<h1>example 1:</h1>\r\n";

foreach ( $arr as $val );   // Semicolon after foreach! Errors not found!
    echo $val . "<br>\r\n";

        example 2

echo "<h1>example 2:</h1>\r\n";

function nope() {}

foreach ( $arr as $val);


    echo $val . "<br>\r\n";

        example 3

echo "<h1>example 3:</h1>\r\n";

if ( false );
    echo 'true';




    Because <i>foreach</i> and <i>if</i> is Control Structures?<br>\r\n

    These errors can be searched forever and never found. They are invisible.




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 [2021-05-20 10:42 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug
 [2021-05-20 10:42 UTC]
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 [2021-05-20 11:02 UTC] zmfw1991 at gmail dot com
No. This is bug!


Правильнее было бы определять это как синтаксическую ошибку и выдавать предупреждение, но php сейчас это не обнаруживает, он не замечает лишнюю точку с запятой после if () но перед {}. Здесь возможно неявное и непредсказуемое поведение, притом что врядли кто-то будет писать и ожидать корректного поведения от странных конструкции таких как: if( expression ); { code }

При этом PHP волне обнаруживает синтаксическую ошибку здесь, на слове else:

if ( false );
    echo 'true';
    echo 'true';

Но если else не указан, то PHP промолчит. Я на поиск такой ошибки убил час, а PHP молчит как партизан, она очень незаметна и не бросается в глаза, но это ошибка всё же.
 [2021-05-20 11:04 UTC] rtrtrtrtrt at dfdfdfdf dot dfd
garbage in - garbage out
 [2021-05-20 11:19 UTC] zmfw1991 at gmail dot com
It would be wiser to throw out ParseError. But php doesn't do that.
 [2021-05-20 11:20 UTC] rtrtrtrtrt at dfdfdfdf dot dfd
guess what: it's parseable
 [2021-05-20 22:17 UTC] a at b dot c dot de
You've discovered the concept of an empty loop (a loop "foreach()" containing an empty statement ";").

Empty statements are cromulent; they're allowed so one also has to allow loops to contain them. Empty loops have their uses.

There is no PHP bug here, only a typo in coding.
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