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FileMaker 13 PHP API collapses repeating field's values

Question asked by jnouwen on Feb 21, 2014
Latest reply on Feb 21, 2014 by philmodjunk


FileMaker 13 PHP API collapses repeating field's values


FileMaker Server



Operating system version

Mac OS X 10.9.1 (13B42)

Description of the issue

You have a repeating field in a table with three repetitions. A record has in those repetitions "orange", "apple", and "banana" respectively. Accessing that field through the PHP API by way of:

     echo $record->getField( "SomeRepeatingField", 1 );

will output "apple" when running under FileMaker Server 11. Running with FileMaker Server 13 will output nothing.

Dumping out the structure of the FileMakerRecord that gets returned into $record you can see that only the last repetition is included by FileMaker Server 13:

FileMaker Server 11: ["SomeRepeatingField"]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(1) "orange" [1]=> string(1) "apple" [2]=> string(1) "banana" }

FileMaker Server 13: ["SomeRepeatingField"]=> array(1) { [0]=> string(1) "banana" }

The number of repeating fields doesn't seem to matter as I noticed the problem in a field with two repetitions and tested it by adding a third. It's always the last repetition that gets returned.

Steps to reproduce the problem

1) Host a FileMaker 13 file with a repeating field in a table that has 3 repetitions
2) Create a new record and in the three repetitions of the field, place "orange", "apple", and "banana" respectively.
3) Load a record through a newFindCommand()
4) Using getField(), output the second repetition (index 1)

Expected result


Actual result


Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

No errors appear but the "repetition does not exist" error on line 32 of the API's FileMaker/Implementation/RecordImpl.php gets run, precisely because the repetition does indeed not exist.

Configuration information

FileMaker Server 11 was running with the PHP API that came with it. The same goes for FileMaker Server 13 and its bundled PHP API.

(As an aside, it's amusing that while the FileMaker Server 13 release notes state "FileMaker Server 13 has corrected the syntax in the FileMaker API for PHP to remove deprecated features. For FileMaker Server 11 and earlier, you would receive deprecation warnings if you used the FileMaker API for PHP with PHP 5.3.", that's not actually true. The warnings still fire until you remove all the return-by-reference usage in the API's implementation files.)


Stop using repeating fields (which we should really do anyway).