CakePHP 3 - array_merge(): Argument #2 is not an array

I have an odd error in a CakePHP 3 Application I am developing and I can't figure what the issue is.The application and issue is as follows:

  1. I have a Wishlist
  2. That Wishlist can have many Wishlist Items
  3. I am using Angular/Ajax to make a call and delete a WishlistItem

    http://domain.com/wishlist_items/delete/219
    
  4. This does not work and it returns the following error:

    array_merge(): Argument #2 is not an array 
    
    /­vendor/­cakephp/­cakephp/­src/­ORM/­Association/­DependentDeleteTrait.php 54
    
  5. The WishlistItemsController.php in question is:

    public function delete($id = null) {
        $this->autoRender = false;
    
        $this->request->allowMethod(['post', 'delete']);
        $wishlistItem = $this->WishlistItems->get($id);
    
        if ($this->WishlistItems->delete($wishlistItem)) {
            echo json_encode(['message' => ['type' => 'success', 'text' => 'This wishlist item has been deleted successfully']]);
        }
        else {
            echo json_encode(['message' => ['type' => 'error', 'text' => 'This wishlist item could not be deleted']]);
        }
        return;
     }
    
  6. The Wishlist Items have no dependents and the error is coming from this file http://api.cakephp.org/3.0/source-class-Cake.ORM.Association.DependentDeleteTrait.html#19-57 line 54

  7. My table files look like this:

    WishlistsTable.php
    
    $this->hasMany('WishlistItems', [
        'foreignKey' => 'wishlist_id',
        'dependent' => true,
        'cascadeCallbacks' => true,
    ]);
    
    ==================================================
    
    WishlistItemsTable.php
    
    $this->addBehavior('Timestamp');
    $this->addBehavior('Ratings.Ratable');
    $this->belongsTo('Wishlists', [
        'foreignKey' => 'wishlist_id'
    ]);
    
    $this->addBehavior('CounterCache', [
        'Wishlists' => ['items_count']
    ]);
    

I cannot understand why cascadeDelete function is being used when this Table does not have any dependents.

STACKSTRACE:

Whoops\Exception\ErrorException thrown with message "array_merge(): Argument #2 is not an array"

Stacktrace:
#15 Whoops\Exception\ErrorException in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/ORM/Association/DependentDeleteTrait.php:54
#14 Whoops\Run:handleError in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/gourmet/whoops/src/Error/WhoopsHandler.php:27
#13 Gourmet\Whoops\Error\WhoopsHandler:_displayError in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/Error/BaseErrorHandler.php:139
#12 Cake\Error\BaseErrorHandler:handleError in <#unknown>:0
#11 array_merge in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/ORM/Association/DependentDeleteTrait.php:54
#10 Cake\ORM\Association\HasMany:cascadeDelete in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/ORM/AssociationCollection.php:273
#9 Cake\ORM\AssociationCollection:cascadeDelete in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/ORM/Table.php:1705
#8 Cake\ORM\Table:_processDelete in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/ORM/Table.php:1643
#7 Cake\ORM\Table:Cake\ORM\{closure} in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/Database/Connection.php:557
#6 Cake\Database\Connection:transactional in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/ORM/Table.php:1648
#5 Cake\ORM\Table:delete in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/src/Controller/WishlistItemsController.php:139
#4 App\Controller\WishlistItemsController:delete in <#unknown>:0
#3 call_user_func_array in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/Controller/Controller.php:429
#2 Cake\Controller\Controller:invokeAction in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/Routing/Dispatcher.php:114
#1 Cake\Routing\Dispatcher:_invoke in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/vendor/cakephp/cakephp/src/Routing/Dispatcher.php:87
#0 Cake\Routing\Dispatcher:dispatch in /var/www/domain.com/dev/website/webroot/index.php:37

Answers


If there were really only BelongsTo associations on the table object where you are calling delete(), then such a control flow should never happen, so there need to be more associations defined from elsewhere.

Given that the Ratings.Ratable behavior belongs to dereuromark/cakephp-ratings, I'd suspect that the problem are the conditions that are being defined for the HasMany association that the behavior adds to the table:

https://github.com/dereuromark/cakephp-ratings/.../Behavior/RatableBehavior.php#L85

$this->_table->hasMany('Ratings', [
        'className' => $this->_config['rateClass'],
        'foreignKey' => $this->_config['foreignKey'],
        'unique' => true,

        'conditions' => '', // <<<<<< There it is

        'fields' => '',
        'dependent' => true,
        //'table' => 'sandbox_ratings'
    ]
);

That value ends up being passed to array_merge() as the second argument in DependentDeleteTrait::cascadeDelete(), hence the error.

So, that's a bug in the plugin, and I'd suggest that you report it. As a quick workaround, you could overwrite the conditions in your table class, like

$this->association('Ratings')->conditions([]);

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