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array_push() appears to be overwriting array rather than adding onto it

Hey everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. I have been working on a small project recently and I'm having some trouble with the array_push() function in PHP. I have an array that I want to add values to using the array_push() function, but instead of appending new elements to the array, it seems to be overwriting the entire array.

Here's a snippet of my code:

$myArray = array("apple", "banana", "cherry");
array_push($myArray, "date", "elderberry", "fig");

Now, according to the PHP documentation, array_push() should add elements to the end of an array. However, when I print out the contents of $myArray, it only shows "date", "elderberry", and "fig", completely replacing the original array.

I've tried searching online for a solution, but I couldn't find anything that addresses this specific issue. I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing or if there's an alternative way to achieve the desired result.

If any of you have experience with PHP and arrays, I would really appreciate any insights or suggestions you might have. Thank you in advance for your help!

Warm regards,
[Your Name]

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Hey there,

I had a similar problem with array_push() and I think I found a solution that worked for me. Instead of using array_push(), try using the square bracket notation to add elements to your array. It seems to preserve the existing elements and adds the new ones without overwriting.

Here's an example:

$myArray = array("apple", "banana", "cherry");
$myArray[] = "date";
$myArray[] = "elderberry";
$myArray[] = "fig";

This should add the new elements to the end of the $myArray array, without affecting the original elements. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

From my experience, using the square bracket notation for adding elements has been more reliable in cases like this. I hope it helps you resolve your issue as well.

Let me know if you have any further questions or if you need any additional assistance!

Best regards,
[Your Name]


Hey [Your Name],

I've encountered a similar issue before with array_push() in PHP, and I might be able to offer some assistance. In my case, the problem was that the variable I was trying to add elements to wasn't actually an array, but a string or a different data type.

Make sure you check the variable type of $myArray before using array_push(). You can do this by using the var_dump() function like this:


If it returns something like "string(5) "apple"", then it means $myArray is a string, not an array. In that case, you need to reinitialize $myArray as an empty array before adding elements to it:

$myArray = array(); // Reinitialize as an empty array
array_push($myArray, "apple", "banana", "cherry"); // Add elements
array_push($myArray, "date", "elderberry", "fig"); // Append new elements

If the var_dump() shows that $myArray is indeed an array, then double-check that you're not accidentally reassigning a new value to $myArray elsewhere in your code. This could be overriding the previous array content before you call array_push().

I hope this helps you troubleshoot the issue you're facing. Let me know if you have any further questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with.

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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