2014-11-15 14:46


  • php

I am using Zend Framework 2's AbstractRestfulController to implement a CRUD API in our project. Using the PUT HTTP method invokes the logic for updating an existing entity.

When receiving a PUT request, the AbstractRestfulController transforms the request body to an array using PHP's parse_str function, but this function does not do what it is supposed to do.

Because it gave me odd results, I tried parse_str with the sample data provided in the PHP docs:

// sample data from the PHP docs
$content = "first=value&arr[]=foo+bar&arr[]=baz";

// put the parsed variables into $parsedParams
parse_str($content, $parsedParams);

var_dumping $parsedParams gives me the following

array(5) { 
    ["first"]=> string(1) "v" 
    ["lue"]=> string(0) "" 
    ["rr"]=> array(2) { 
        [0]=> string(5) "foo b" 
        [1]=> string(1) "b" 
    ["r"]=> string(0) "" 
    ["z"]=> string(0) "" 

Apparently the character "a" confuses parse_str, but I have absolutely no idea what's causing this odd behavior. The encoding of the PHP file is UTF-8, server is running Ubuntu 14.04 with PHP 5.4 as a Apache 2.4 module inside a Vagrant environment.

What may be the cause of this? I read about issues with the HTML entity & instead of plain &'s, but that doesn't seem to apply here.


I just ran the same code on the command line in interactive mode via SSHing into the Vagrant machine. In interactive mode parse_str works without problem! I then ran my test script from the command line via $ php /var/www/test.php which also worked properly. Is this a problem with the Apache PHP module or configuration?

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