$file kills setup script

It is possible to change important and used variables inside the setup model while installing

I implemented a data-setup script today.

It starts with defining a variable:

$file = 'var/import/sample.csv';

The error

When magento was called, I got this error:

[message:protected] => Warning: Illegal string offset 'toVersion'  in app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Resource/Setup.php on line 641
[string:Exception:private] => 
[code:protected] => 0
[file:protected] => app/code/core/Mage/Core/functions.php
[line:protected] => 245
[trace:Exception:private] => Array

I opened the Setup model and found this code snippet:

foreach ($files as $file) {
    try {
        switch ($fileType) {
            case 'php':
                $conn   = $this->getConnection();
                $result = include $fileName;

        if ($result) {
            $this->_setResourceVersion($actionType, $file['toVersion']);
    } catch (Exception $e) {


I debbuged and at the beginning of the foreach $file is an array with the keys toVersion 0.1.10 and fileName with the path to my setup script.

After the $result $file was 'var/import/sample.csv'. It took a while until I realized, that it is the value I write into the variable, because I debugged the import script for a while. But then I wondered. WHY!?


There is this small little line of code:

$result = include $fileName;

it includes the data/install script and the variable $file is assigned with my value. Especially the loop variable $file is overwritten.


Be careful with defining variables in setup scripts. I wanted to write a "bugfix" but thinking 10 minutes about the problem didn't develope a solution for the problem. There is no possibility in PHP to prevend the overwrite of this variable.

HAH! There is. I thought about changing the scope but didn't find a simple solution. but just implementing a method should do it!

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