[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #38553: Posts Controller handle_terms throws warning

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#38553: Posts Controller handle_terms throws warning
 Reporter:  timmydcrawford  |      Owner:
     Type:  defect (bug)    |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal          |  Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  REST API        |    Version:  trunk
 Severity:  normal          |   Keywords:
  Focuses:                  |
 If a malformatted value is passed as a term field ( categories, tags ) to
 the WP_REST_Posts_Controller, the handle_terms method is currently
 throwing a warning:

  PHP Warning:  array_map(): Argument #2 should be an array in /srv/www
 controller.php on line 1053

 To reproduce this warning, you can issue a curl request like:

 curl -X POST -H "Authorization: Basic redacted" -H "Content-Type:
 multipart/form-data;" -F "title=rad post3" -F "content=blah blah blah" -F
 "categories=2,1" "http://src.wordpress-develop.dev/wp-json/wp/v2/posts"

 I have attached a simple fix, but should we possibly consider either
 parsing comma-separated strings into arrays, or returning an error on
 malformed inputs like this?  In the wpcom API, it is possible to send in a
 comma-separated string - so it seems like some sort of standard needs to
 emerge here.

 I haven't tested other array inputs to see if similar warnings might be
 thrown elsewhere.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/38553>
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