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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 case-sensitive 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

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Lollo
8 months ago
You should mention the label can't be a variable
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PHP_is_still_great
6 months ago
// goto is STILL a good feature if you know how to use it.
// Just don't use it in loops.
// Example:

        $sql = "DELETE FROM sometable WHERE id=?;";
        $stmt = $conn->prepare($sql);
        if (!$stmt) {
            echo "ERR prepare_fail";
            goto End;
        }
        $bind = $stmt->bind_param('i', $id);
        if (!$bind) {
            echo "ERR bind_fail";
            goto End;
        }
        $exec = $stmt->execute();
        if (!$exec) {
            echo "ERR exec_fail";
            goto End;
        }
        if (isset($_POST['file'])) {
            $file = "../" . $_POST['file'];
            if (is_file($file)) { unlink($file); }
        }
        echo "OK delete_success" ;

        End:
        $stmt->close();
        $conn->close();
        exit;

/*
    instead of repeating the $stmt->close() and $conn->close(),
    we save a few lines by adding a goto and just close everything at the end.
*/
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instatiendaweb at gmail dot com
7 months ago
$array = array();
for ($i = 0; $i <= 10; (int)$array[] = $i, $i++);

var_dump($array );
$countarray = (count($array) - 2) ;

var_dump($countarray);

static $goto = 0;
/***************************************************************************************************/
b:

$array[$goto] = $array[$goto] * 2;

if ($goto <= $countarray){
    $goto++;
    goto b;
}else{
    goto a;}
a:
/***************************************************************************************************/
var_dump($array);
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