File-handling; Special Characters In Folder Names?

Feb 7, 2010

I am using rename() to move a file from one folder to another with php.It works fine with folders which don't have the swedish å ä ö characters involved.Is there any way around this? (except for changing the folder names to something without special chars)

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Special Characters In File/folder Names On Linux; Rename Function Not Working?

I am using a function Rename() (php) to move some images from one folder to another. The destination folder has special characters in them.However, when doing this on the server I get the error that the folder isn't found with the name. And in that error, the folder names special characters are replaced with Squares:

Warning: rename(../temp_images/668635375_1.jpg,../ad_images/B�tar/thumbs/668635375_1.jpg)
[function.rename]: No such file or directory in /var/www/etc....

It works on my local machine though (windows xp)

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Removing Special Characters If They Are Not Part Of The Tag Names?

I am trying to edit html code using regular expressions.

Html code is something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en">


I woud like to replace all the special charecters with entities nut not if they are part of the tag names.

For example in the quates woud not be replaced but in "egsge" they woud be.

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Regex For Names With Special Characters (Unicode)?

I have read about regex all day now, and still don't understand it properly. What i'm trying to do is validate a name, but the functions i can find for this on the internet only use [a-zA-Z], leaving characters out that i need to accept to.I basically need a regex that checks that the name is at least two words, and that it does not contain numbers or special characters like however the words can contain characters likeand so on...An example of an accepted name would be: " "André Svenson"An non-accepted name would be: "Hans", "H4nn3 Andersen" or "Martin Henriksen!"If it matters i use the javascript .match() function client side and want to use php's preg_replace() only "in negative" server side. (removing non-matching characters).But as the page from LightWing's answer suggests, i'm unable to find anything about unicode support for javascript, so i ended up with half a solution for the client side, just checking for at least two words and minimum 5 characters like this:

if(name.match(/S+/g).length >= minWords && name.length >= 5) {

An alternative would be to specify all the unicode characters as suggested in shifty's answer, which i might end up doing something like, along with the solution above, but it is a bit unpractical though.

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Variable / Function / Class Names Using Special Characters?

I understand that the underscore _ is an acceptable character for naming variables / functions / classes etc. However I was wondering if there are any other special characters which can be used. I tested out a few with no luck and have assumed for a long time that there are not, however I figured I would see if anyone else knows for certain. This would be mostly for aesthetic purposes, however I imagine a special character naming convention would be useful when working with other developers to define value types etc.

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DOMXpath->query() Returns Weird Characters When Source File Has Special Characters?

I am scraping HTML and XML information. When the HTML is queried with DOMXpath->query() weird characters are returned when there are special characters. For an example, the characters are returned when there is a character. I have the database collation set correctly, and that's not the problem. The sites I am scraping from have improper (unescaped) entities, and it seems that DOMXpath isn't flexible enough to capture these characters correctly. I don't want junk in my database.Is there a way to fix this, or should I just scrape things using a RegExp instead of using the DOMXpath. Wouldn't scraping with a RegExp be faster anyway? Would I avoid messed up characters if I do it this way? I want to see if there is a way to fix my problem before rewriting portions of my scripts.

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Reading File Names From A Folder?

have a bunch of uploaded files in a folder. Now I want to be able to get the names of these files that are stored in the folder using PHP so that can I create direct links to each file from my page. ie can PHP read the names of files from a folder?

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Display File Names From A Folder?

I'm using this script to display all the images in a folder, but I can't figure out how to get each image's file name to display underneath it.

$dirname = "images";
$images = scandir($dirname);


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Read File Names Within A Folder?

how can i get the php to read the all the file names within a folder and put the names into an array?

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File Name With Special Characters Like Not Found

I have a folder on my website just for random files. I used php opendir to list all the files so i can style the page a bit. But the files that I uploaded with special characters in them don't work. when i click on them it says the files are not found. but when i check the directory, the files are there. seems like the links are wrong. how i can get a correct link to these file names with special characters in them?

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Parsing Out A File Using Special Characters

I am creating a site where someone would enter data into a few text boxes, with the potential for them to be fairly long. I am therefore saving them into a text file instead of a database.

With these, there is a potential for someone to use the enter key in these boxes, therefore making it very difficult to just parse it out by line. I am currently trying to figure out how to parse it by special characters (or groups of characters such as "%%$$%%" or something that noone would ever type, on purpose or by accident)

I was wondering if there was a way to parse this out by these special characters, or if there was a way to save those line returns that the people enter as something other than a line return.

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Upload File With Special Characters

I have an upload script that works great except for when a file with special characters is used. If   eric'sfile.txt is uploaded it will do this  eric'sfile.txt  is there a way to have it remove the special characters instead?

//path to storage
$storage = 'Files';

//path name of file for storage
$uploadfile = "$storage/" . basename( $_FILES['Filedata']['name'] );

//if the file is moved successfully
if ( move_uploaded_file( $_FILES['Filedata']['tmp_name'] , $uploadfile ) ) {
echo( '1 ' . $_FILES['Filedata']['name']);

//file failed to move
echo( '0');

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Use Special Characters Or Spaces In The Video File.

Ok this is my problem. Im running a website that uses a youtube clone script i bought the code it all works, the problem now is when i wanna upload a video it doesn't let me use special characters or spaces in the video file.

For example

my first - video.wmv wont work

myfirst-video.wmv will work

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Reading Data From File Special Characters?

My previous question and this question both are related a bit. please have a look at my previous question I did not found any other way to unserialize the data so coming with the string operation.I am able to get the whole content from file but not able to get the specific string from this content.

I want to search a specific string from these content but function stop working when the reach at first special character in the string. If I am searching something found before the special character the works properly.String operation function of PHP not working properly when the encounter first special character in the string and stop processing immediately, Hence they does not give me the correct output.

Originally they looks like (^@)

:"Mage_Core_Model_Message_Collection" but when I did echo they are display as ?

Here is the code what I tried


I changed the default_charset to iso-8859-1 and also utf-8 but not working with both

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Read File Names From Folder Only Keep Files With .iso Extention?

I have a script that gets a string from a config file and based on that string grabs the file names of a folder.

I now only need the iso files. Not sure if the best way is to check for the .iso string or is there another method?

// Grab the contents of the "current.conf" file, removing any linebreaks.
$dirPath = trim(file_get_contents('current.conf')).'/';
$fileList = scandir($dirPath);


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Generate Short And Unique File/folder Names?

The criteria is basically this:

folders will exist for about 24-48hrs
folders names can not be readily guessable by a user (if used in a URL)
folder names should be short 5-15 chars
Initial thoughts:

When uploading a file, I basically want to keep the unique file name as named by the uploader, so to avoid any naming collision I would like to put it in a uniquely named directory

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File Get Contents - File_get_contents().. Doesn't Handle Special Characters?

I've got an HTML file with special characters such as:

AT&T™ Official Site

When I use file_get_contents() on the file and echo the contents, I get something like this: AT&Tu00e2u0084u00a2 Official Site.How can I convert the latter to the former? This is all I'm running:

echo file_get_contents("http:[url].........

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TCPDF HTML With Special Characters Displays Empty PDF File

I am using TCPDF Library Version: 5.9.011. I am trying to execute HTML layout as PDF. For which I tried with example provide with the site

$html = '<h1>HTML Example</h1>
Some special characters: &lt; € &euro; &#8364; &amp; è &egrave; &copy; &gt; \slash \\double-slash \\\triple-slash
// output the HTML content
$pdf->writeHTML($html, true, false, true, false, '');
//Close and output PDF document
$pdf->Output('example_006.pdf', 'I');

Apparently found that generated PDF only default header and footer with middle content blank. However if I remove special characters like:


PDF gets its middle content as specified in $html Am I missing something or doing something wrong?

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Replace Special Characters By Non-special Characters

i'm looking for a way to replace special characters with characters
without accents, cedilles, etc.

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Sorting An Array Of Folder Names For Displaying The Content Of A Folder?

I have wrote a function for getting all the subfolders of a folder. It also has the option of going the an upper level and displaying the folders....much like a file manager but it works only for folders and has a restriction to not go upper than the base folder so to prevent users from browsing the entire hard disk. am returning the result as a json object to be put in a div. My problem is this: On my windows box (using wamp) the folder "Up one Level" is always displayed on top of the folder list. When I upload it on my website it doesn't display on top but somewhere in the middle. I have wrote a function ( fixArray($array) ) to correct this...but it doesn't seem to work. The entire solution for this feature is provided so please help to make it work and for others to benefit from it.Just to mention: there is nothing wrong in the JS code. JSON object is parsed in the order it is sent by the php file.

function fixPath($path) {
$path = str_replace('/../', '/', $path);
$path = str_replace('/./', '/', $path);


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Read A Folder And Split Sub-Folder Names Into MySQL Inserts?

I have a folder named "Comics" and sub folders in that directory with the names of comics + the issue

/Comics <-- Main Folder
/Amazing Spider-Man 129 <-- Sub Folder
/Hellblazer 100 <-- Sub Folder
/Zatanna 01 <-- Sub Folder

Now what i want to do is scan the Comics directory and output each folder name as a mysql insert query. The actual folder name needs to be seperated as "Comic Name" & "Comic Issue".Example Querymysql_query("INSERT INTO comics (name, issue) VALUES ('Amazing Spider-Man', '129')");I got this far and now i want to add a query check to see if the comic exists or not.

$main_folder = 'K:/Comics/'; // should be K:Comics but I changed it because of the highlighting issue

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Reg Ex Validation On UTF8 / Multi Byte 'language' Characters (inc Chinese Etc) But Not Special Characters Such As {/*?

Using PHP / Mysql all encoded up as UTF we have recently had to start capturing non-Latin characters such as Chinese etc.We have php validation that checks on string length and alpha numeric such as

if (!ereg("[[:alnum:]]{2,}",$_POST['company_name'])) {
//error code here


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Check Special Characters And Change To Normal HTML Characters

I'm writting a news management script and I have run into a problem. When some submits a news artical it sometime contain special characters that might now show up on all browsers. Is there a way to makeit check for the characters and switch them to html that can be read by browsers. Is there a way to do this and name it as like, then just tell the program to just use this inc file before sending the content to the database. I want to be able to use the special character to html lib for other programs.

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Handling Special URLs In PHP

I'm creating a classified ad site where each ad is identified by a
number - say 234563. The user wishing to view the ad will something
like this -

I want this url to be redirect to a php display page say -
How does one do this?

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Special Character Handling

I have a forum and in add/edit/quote/reply, people can preview what they have entered, but if they entered special charecter like " ' (double or single quote), the php will generate a " ' in the preview and in the form field, so when they submit, the will also appear. How can I handle this.

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PHP Handling Special Redirections

Id like to have my host redirect the user on special URLS, much like seen in wikipedia, i.e.,

Ideally, Ill have this redirect url path in my database, wich is a db of several image galleries of various artists. Id like the user to access galleries with this ease, as typing to access Leonardo's gallery. (this is not my actual hostname).

A friend of mine told me I should look up on ISAPI filters, and I did google and read some of it, but am a little lost on the proper procedures to achieve this functionality with PHP.

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