[development] problem with PHP 5 and node_load

Scott McLewin drupal at mclewin.com
Sat Sep 30 22:17:48 UTC 2006


I encountered a similar problem when changing over to php5.  I don't 
know that this was the only answer or even the best answer, but I 
changed that line to read:

$node = node_load(array('nid' => $form_values['nid']));

And my problems of duplicated data went away.  Looking into node_load I 
never quite understood why this fixed it (and have remained suspicious 
that it did not).

I've seen variations that name the key 'vid' rather than 'nid', which I 
think handles loading up the correct revision when multiple-revisions of 
a node are kept (a feature I don't use).

I am answering in part because I'd like to have the experts on the list 
tear my answer apart so that I can be more confident on whether my 'fix' 
was actually the right approach.


Peter Wolanin wrote:
> Since my Mac laptop died last weekend, I've been using a linux machine
> as my localhost for testing.  I noticed some very strange behavior
> testing a new feature for my recently-created volunteer_timeslots
> module:
> An aspect of this module is that the node view includes two forms.  I
> was appending each form to the node body in hook_view as I generated
> it.  Both forms have $node->nid as a value in the form and have submit
> functions like:
> $node = node_load($form_values['nid']);
> ...change the node's volunteer data...
> $node->revision = TRUE;
> node_save($node);
> Under PHP 4 (my Mac, or linux shared host), submitting the second form
> on the page works fine.
> Under PHP 5, submitting the second form on the page causes the saved
> node body to have the contents of the first form appended to it!  So,
> my conclusion is that the object returned from node_load is not the
> same during all stages of the page view.  I'd attribute this somehow
> to PHP 5's behavior where all objects are passed by reference.
> I can avoid the problem by storing the two forms in a tempory variable
> and then appending both to the node body at the end of hook_view,
> rather than appending each form to the node body as it's generated.
> Is this a bug?  Am I wrong to expect node_load($nid) to always return
> the same thing?
> If this is a bug, maybe node_load needs to store/return a clone of the
> node object?
> -Peter

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