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Bug #61827 incorrect \e processing on Windows
Submitted: 2012-04-23 15:35 UTC Modified: 2012-05-02 09:16 UTC
From: Assigned: felipe
Status: Closed Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 5.4.0 OS: windows
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2012-04-23 15:35 UTC]
Zend\tests\bug60350.phpt fails on windows. Simple reproduce case

> Debug_TS\php -r "$str = \"\e\"; var_dump(ord($str));"

where it should be 27

The implementation in bug 60350 seems to be not compatible with windows, consider the following snippet

#include <stdio.h>

int main(void)
    printf("'%d' '%c' '%d'\n", (int)'\e', (char)27, (int)(char)27);

    return 0;

compiled on linux it gives

'27' ' '27'

compiled on windows 

'101' '←' '27'

The current implementation uses '\e' for escaping, which should be (char)27 on windows.


60350.diff (last revision 2012-04-23 15:35 UTC) by ab)

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 [2012-04-23 16:35 UTC]
Btw. compiling that snippet on windows there is an interesting line in the compiler out:

>cl esc.c
Microsoft (R) 32-bit C/C++ Optimizing Compiler Version 16.00.40219.01 for 80x86
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

esc.c(5) : warning C4129: 'e' : unrecognized character escape sequence
Microsoft (R) Incremental Linker Version 10.00.40219.01
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

 [2012-04-26 14:56 UTC]
As a variation VK_ESCAPE or 0x1b could be used to represent \e on windows, which is equivalent to (char)27
 [2012-04-26 14:56 UTC]
-Assigned To: +Assigned To: pajoye
 [2012-04-29 22:37 UTC]
Automatic comment on behalf of
Log: - Fixed bug #61827 (incorrect \e processing on Windows) patch by:
 [2012-04-29 22:38 UTC]
-Summary: incorrect \e processing +Summary: incorrect \e processing on Windows -Status: Assigned +Status: Closed
 [2012-04-29 22:38 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in SVN.

Snapshots of the sources are packaged every three hours; this change
will be in the next snapshot. You can grab the snapshot at

 For Windows:
Thank you for the report, and for helping us make PHP better.

 [2012-04-30 05:24 UTC]
-Status: Closed +Status: Assigned -Assigned To: pajoye +Assigned To: felipe
 [2012-04-30 05:24 UTC]
hi Felipe!

Please use VK_ESCAPE instead.

 [2012-05-02 09:16 UTC]
-Status: Assigned +Status: Closed
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