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Bug #825 Assignment to $this
Submitted: 2004-02-21 21:11 UTC
From: pear-qa at lists dot php dot net Assigned: heino
Status: Closed Package: Net_NNTP
PHP Version: 5.0.0b4 (beta4) OS: Irrelevant
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 [2004-02-21 21:11 UTC] pear-qa at lists dot php dot net
Description: ------------ ## from the PEAR QA team ## ## quality-assurance related ## ## PHP 5 compatibility issue ## Dear package maintainer, your package makes use of the assignement of new values to $this. This methodis possible in PHP 4 but will throw an error with PHP 5 [1]. Please take care of this issue forPHP5 compatibility reasons. Please answer to this bugreport directly through the PEAR bug tracker or the mailinglist . With kind regards, PEAR QA Team [1] Reproduce code: --------------- FILE: '/php/pear/Net_NNTP/NNTP/Header.php' : /php/pear/Net_NNTP/NNTP/Header.php(426): $this =& $input; /php/pear/Net_NNTP/NNTP/Header.php(430): $this =& $input->getHeader(); Expected result: ---------------- Solutions: The assignment to $this occurs mostly inside constructors (<Your_Package_Name>()). You should provide an static factory() or singleton() method for this. To provide backwards compatibility you should work around the affected code pieces. This can be done by a version check: if (version_compare(phpversion(), "5.0.0") == -1) { // assign factoried method to this for PHP 4 // $this =& <Your_Package_Name>::factory(); $this =& <Your_Package_Name>::singleton(); } else { // error handling for PHP5 // user has to use the factory()/singleton() method }


 [2004-02-21 21:14 UTC] toby
Further production code: FILE: '/php/pear/Net_NNTP/NNTP/Message.php' : /php/pear/Net_NNTP/NNTP/Message.php(228): $this =& $message;
 [2004-06-25 12:28 UTC] heino at gehlsen dot dk
This bug has been fixed in CVS. In case this was a documentation problem, the fix will show up at the end of next Sunday (CET) on In case this was a website problem, the change will show up on the website in short time. Thank you for the report, and for helping us make PEAR better. This is not heavily testet though, so no release yet...