# Problems with return statement in function

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Hi everybody,

Today I faced a problem where I am very confused and  I could not
solve it and I am posting here....

My question is
Is is possible to return a value to a particular function

The question may be silly or even meaning less but

Below I have give a detailed description on why this question
appears to me.

Consider the following Code.

function one()
{
\$ret_val =  three();
echo "<br>RetVal:=".\$ret_val;
}
function two(\$a,\$b)
{
echo "<br>I am In function  ".__FUNCTION__."()";
if(\$a==\$b)
return true;
else
return false;
}
function three()
{
\$array_one= array(1,2,3,4,5);
\$array_two= array(1,2,3,4,5);
\$a = array_rand(\$array_one,1);
\$b = array_rand(\$array_two,1);
if(two(\$a,\$b))
{
\$ret_val = "\$a and \$b are equal";
echo "<br><br>I am In function  ".__FUNCTION__."() and the
Val is \$ret_val<br>";
return \$ret_val;
}
else
{
three();
}

}
one();

Whats  happpening here is.

1) I have three functions named one() two() and three();
2) From the first function one() I am calling function three()
3) In function three I have two arrays named \$array_one and
\$array_two
4) Then I am getting a random value from this two arrays as \$a,\$b
5) Then the function two is called to check weathe this two
random value is equal or not if the values are equal it returns true
else false
6) Function three is called recursly till the random value  \$a
and \$b are equal. If it is equal I need to return the two values to
function one()
7) At one time \$a and \$b will be equal at this moment I return a
variable \$ret_val from function three() to function one()
8) So In function one I can get the  \$ret_val

But  I could not get the value \$ret_val in function one()
I dont know why........
To my surprise at some rare condition I can  get the value in
function one() all the othe times the return value is empty I could not
find this rare condition also.

I have spend a lot of time to find what is happening but in
vain..........

What I need is..

I should return the value \$ret_val from function three() to
function one() But it is not happening I dont know weather  the value
has been returned  to function three() or to function two()

regards
moses

## Re: Problems with return statement in function

NOTE: This should be: return three();

When you call three() recursively, you're not returning the value there.
When you call two in the other branch, you are returning the value there,
but it's lost since you've broken the chain of returns when calling three.
It goes something like this:

one() calls three(), prints what three() returns
three() calls three(), returns nothing
three() calls three(), returns nothing
three() calls three(), returns nothing
three() calls three(), returns nothing
... at some point random matches and...
three() calls two(), returns \$retval

It should be
one() calls three, prints what three() returns
three() calls three(), returns what three() returns
three() calls three(), returns what three() returns
...
three() calls two(), returns \$retval

so that \$retval can make it back to one(). Kudos on using recursion, you
just missed a tiny little detail... Always return a recursive funtion call.

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## Re: Problems with return statement in function

Hi Kimmo

Thanks for ur help

I have learned a great lesson from u........

Always return a recursive funtion call

regards
moses

Kimmo Laine wrote:

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