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Richard Lord's Blog:
PHP 5.2 - Nesting level too deep - recursive dependency?
November 13, 2006 @ 10:02:00

So, you've just upgraded to PHP 5.2 and all is going well until you come across a page in your application that gives the message "Nesting level too deep - recursive dependency?". With such a vague error message, you might have trouble locating the source of the problem. Thankfully, someone's already been there and figured out the issue - Richard Lord.

I installed PHP 5.2 on one of my testing servers today and a couple of bits of code that previously worked fine in version 5.1.6 threw fatal errors in the new version. The error message was "Nesting level too deep - recursive dependency?" and it took a little time to track down the root of the problem. Here's what I'd done wrong.

Basically, his problem was using the "non-strict" evaluation for checking if two objects were equal to each other (== instead of ===). This compares everything about them, down to the properties - even if they're references to other properties inside of the same class (which is where the problem lies).

So, the fix is simple - === instead of == when comparing those objects. You'll be happier for the change.

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