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goto

(PHP 5 >= 5.3.0)

What's the worse thing that could happen if you use goto?
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The goto operator can be used to jump to another section in the program. The target point is specified by a label followed by a colon, and the instruction is given as goto followed by the desired target label. This is not a full unrestricted goto. The target label must be within the same file and context, meaning that you cannot jump out of a function or method, nor can you jump into one. You also cannot jump into any sort of loop or switch structure. You may jump out of these, and a common use is to use a goto in place of a multi-level break.

Example #1 goto example

<?php
goto a;
echo 
'Foo';
 
a:
echo 
'Bar';
?>

The above example will output:

Bar

Example #2 goto loop example

<?php
for($i=0,$j=50$i<100$i++) {
  while(
$j--) {
    if(
$j==17) goto end
  }  
}
echo 
"i = $i";
end:
echo 
'j hit 17';
?>

The above example will output:

j hit 17

Example #3 This will not work

<?php
goto loop;
for(
$i=0,$j=50$i<100$i++) {
  while(
$j--) {
    
loop:
  }
}
echo 
"$i = $i";
?>

The above example will output:

Fatal error: 'goto' into loop or switch statement is disallowed in
script on line 2

Note:

The goto operator is available as of PHP 5.3.

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User Contributed Notes 4 notes

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Ray dot Paseur at Gmail dot com
2 years ago
You cannot implement a Fortran-style "computed GOTO" in PHP because the label cannot be a variable. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Considered_harmful

<?php // RAY_goto.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);

// DEMONSTRATE THAT THE GOTO LABEL IS CASE-SENSITIVE

goto a;
echo
'Foo';
a: echo 'Bar';

goto
A;
echo
'Foo';
A: echo 'Baz';

// CAN THE GOTO LABEL BE A VARIABLE?

$a = 'abc';
goto
$a; // NOPE: PARSE ERROR
echo 'Foo';
abc: echo 'Boom';
?>
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f at francislacroix dot info
2 years ago
The goto operator CAN be evaluated with eval, provided the label is in the eval'd code:

<?php
a
: eval("goto a;"); // undefined label 'a'
eval("a: goto a;"); // works
?>

It's because PHP does not consider the eval'd code, containing the label, to be in the same "file" as the goto statement.
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chrisstocktonaz at gmail dot com
5 years ago
Remember if you are not a fan of wild labels hanging around you are free to use braces in this construct creating a slightly cleaner look. Labels also are always executed and do not need to be called to have their associated code block ran. A purposeless example is below.

<?php

$headers
= Array('subject', 'bcc', 'to', 'cc', 'date', 'sender');
$position = 0;

hIterator: {

   
$c = 0;
    echo
$headers[$position] . PHP_EOL;

   
cIterator: {
        echo
' ' . $headers[$position][$c] . PHP_EOL;

        if(!isset(
$headers[$position][++$c])) {
            goto
cIteratorExit;
        }
        goto
cIterator;
    }

   
cIteratorExit: {
        if(isset(
$headers[++$position])) {
            goto
hIterator;
        }
    }
}
?>
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sixoclockish at gmail dot com
2 years ago
You are also allowed to jump backwards with a goto statement. To run a block of goto as one block is as follows:
example has a prefix of iw_ to keep label groups structured and an extra underscore to do a backwards goto.

Note the `iw_end_gt` to get out of the labels area

<?php
    $link
= true;

    if (
$link ) goto iw_link_begin;
    if(
false) iw__link_begin:
   
    if (
$link ) goto iw_link_text;
    if(
false) iw__link_text:
   
    if (
$link ) goto iw_link_end;
    if(
false) iw__link_end:
   
    goto
iw_end_gt;
   
   
    if (
false) iw_link_begin:
        echo
'<a href="#">';
    goto
iw__link_begin;
   
    if (
false) iw_link_text:
        echo
'Sample Text';
    goto
iw__link_text;
   
    if (
false) iw_link_end:
        echo
'</a>';
    goto
iw__link_end;
   
   
iw_end_gt:
?>
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