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PHP fwrite with another encoding coming from WYM

PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:44 pm
by jf_r
Hi everyone,

I've successfully implemented a CMS system based on WYM, everything is working ok and I can modify txt includes and save them to the server user fwrite.

Server is an apache box, with PHP 4 installed.

What I do is
sContent = $_POST['content'];

then I fwrite the string.

This work perfectly fine and the text get saved, except when there are special character such as é è à ê, etc.

Well actually those character do get saved, if I open the txt file I see them in the file however when I use PHP to include the file it show symbols instead of the character.

I'm guessing it has to do with some string encoding but I'm totally lost on this one...don't know where to start since the file does look ok when you open it....

Anyone ever seen something similar? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:39 pm
by Bravo_Kernel
Hi jf_r,

Try using the following code to read the contents of the file instead of plain "including" the file. Your special chars should be displayed.

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$filename = "/path/to/test.txt";
$handle = fopen($filename, "r");
$contents = fread($handle, filesize($filename));
echo "Filecontents:<br />$contents";

Please notice that on a Windows machine the fopen statement might need "rb" instead op "r". See for full details.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:34 pm
by jf_r
Hi Bravo,

Thanks for the answer, I'm trying it right now to see if it works...I'll edit this post with the results.


Ok, I've tried didn't work. Here's the code that I have so far, hope it helps!

I have a file called rte.php which contain the wymeditor instance:

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   $fileName = $_GET["file"];

   $lang = $_GET["lang"];
   //Set the full relative path
   if ($lang == "en")
      $filePath = "../includes/txt/";
      $filePath = "../../fr/includes/txt/";      

   $fileToRead = $filePath . $fileName;
   if (file_exists($fileToRead)) {
      //Get the content of the file in a string
      //file(strPath) returns an array of string, implode concatenate it back to a single string.
      if ( $fileContent = implode('', file($fileToRead)) ){
            echo BuildErrorString($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], "Error reading", true);
   else {
         echo BuildErrorString($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], "The file does not exist", true);

THis correctly read the file passed as a parameter, I then load the string $fileContent in wymeditor and I see the file fine.

If I open a preview from wymeditor I see the special characters ok at this point. At the bottom there's a form submit which submit to the script writing to the file:

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$filename = $_POST['filename'];

$fp = fopen( $filename, "w" );

{echo "Couldn't open the data file. Try again later.";

$content = $_POST['txthtml'];

//echo $content;

fwrite( $fp, $content );
fclose( $fp );

header("Location: mg_text.php");

This also correctly write to the file and the special characters are in the file when I open it.

Now when I try going to the page which make use of the txt file it shows "garbage" characters instead.

I used to use a simple include(foobar.txt);

Then I tried as you suggested:

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$filename = "includes/txt/contact.txt";
$handle = fopen($filename, "rb");
$contents = fread($handle, filesize($filename));
echo $contents;

This still shows "garbage" instead of the actual characters... :( I'm kinda lost on this one...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:21 pm
by Bravo_Kernel
Lo again m8,

While I am waiting for the new WYMEditor release I don't really have anything better to do so I'll put some effort into your problem ;)

Your code example differs from mine in that you are using "rb" instead of "r" in the second line. Have you tried "r" as well? The b is for binary files and only needed for Windows environments if I remember correctly.

If that doesn't work please PM me the (link to your) contact.txt file that is giving you problems and I will get back to you.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:06 pm
by jf_r
Hi again,

Thanks a lot for the help, I'm at work right now but will get back to you as soon as I get back...

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:17 pm
by Bravo_Kernel
Hi m8,

A bit late, I've been quite busy, but here it is: you have to decode the garbled characters once you have read them back in from your textfile.

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$myFile = "/path/to/accents.txt";
$myString = "Test with accents éèàç";

$fh=fopen($myFile, "w") or die ("Error opening $myFile");

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$filename = "/path/to/accents.txt";
$handle = fopen($filename, "r");
$contents = fread($handle, filesize($filename));

$decoded = utf8_decode($contents);

echo "Contents = $contents<br />";
echo "Decoded = $decoded<br />";

Hope your OK now. Good luck with your CMS, make something nice of it.
Hopefully I can start working on miine too soon. Still no WYM update :cry:

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:35 am
by jf_r
Awesome! That work just fine :)

/me buy a good cold draught for you (or whatever else if you don't like beer ;))