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Bug #48891 command line output problem
Submitted: 2009-07-12 03:24 UTC Modified: 2009-07-12 12:31 UTC
From: hunt_inet at yahoo dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Output Control
PHP Version: 5.2.10 OS: WinXP sp3 (Chinese traditional)
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2009-07-12 03:24 UTC] hunt_inet at yahoo dot com
I faced some problem to correctly output text from php command line file. So I wrote a samll test and save it as "hello.php" as the code listed below.

If I saved it in UTF-8 format and executed it in the command line, then it output some garbage (chinese part) and part of correct text (English part).  But if I ran it in browser, the output is correct.

Also, if I save it in ANSI format (I believe it is in multi-byte format) then the output is correct in command line. But its output is some garbage (chinese part) in browser view.

I guess this is a bug.

Hunt Chang

Reproduce code:
//	cause this file is saved in UTF-8 format
setlocale(LC_ALL, 'zh_TW.UTF8');		// warning: not 'UTF-8'!
//	setlocale(LC_ALL, 'zh_TW');		// warning: not 'UTF-8'!

//	You may execute this script by typing:
//	php hello_cmd.php
print "Hello world!\n";
echo  "Hello world!\n";
echo  '歡迎光臨!' . "\n";
echo  "歡迎光臨!\n";


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 [2009-07-12 07:42 UTC] sjoerd-php at linuxonly dot nl
Thank you for your bug report.

The character encoding specifies how bytes are converted to letters. This is important if you want to output non-ASCII letters. When outputting to the browser, any character encoding can be used as long as you tell the browser which one you are using. You can not expect non-ASCII letters to work in the browser unless you inform the browser which character encoding you are using, with a HTTP header or <?xml tag.

With the console, you would have to output something in the character encoding of the console.

I do not think this is a bug in PHP.
 [2009-07-12 12:31 UTC]
Sorry, but your problem does not imply a bug in PHP itself.  For a
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visit as this bug system is not the
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of reports we can not explain in detail here why your report is not
a bug.  The support channels will be able to provide an explanation
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