Geppettvs D'Constanzo Geppettvs D'Constanzo - 3 months ago 22
PHP Question

How can I input accent words in a PHP script interaction?

I am writing a PHP script which is intended to run in a Linux Terminal in order to drop variable results in a text file.

Everything seems to be working fine but when I run the script and it shows the input lines in a terminal I can't write accent words including the single accent tilde (

) and accented letters like
á é í ó ú

Here's the portion of code I am using to accept the user input:

$cuantos = readline("Cuantas veces? ");
$cadena = readline("Escriba el Texto: ");
$separar = readline("Incluir separadores? ");
$separar = strtoupper($separar);
$archivar = "";
for ($x = 1; $x <= $cuantos; $x++) {
if ($separar=="S") { $archivar = $archivar . "Texto ".$x."\n";}
if ($separar=="S") { $archivar = $archivar . "----------------------------------\n";}
echo $archivar = $archivar . $cadena\n;
if ($separar=="S") { $archivar = $archivar . "==================================\n";}
file_put_contents('textos.txt', $archivar);

A screenshot of the script running in a terminal is shown here:

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Please notice that the text should read
Este texto debería tener acentos pero en la terminal no está aceptando ningún caracter con tilde.
, nevertheless it is not showing any accent in the text.

I have already tried using the
<?php header("Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8"); ?>
and some other tricks for charsets in order to make the
to accept accent's with no success. I have also tried changing
default charset and no success so far.

I can write the accent letters in a terminal without problem as seen in this screenshot:

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After inserting
as suggested, no luck yet.

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Perhaps something's wrong with my terminal but that made me think this should work on a tty terminal, or not? So I tried and I got the same results.

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Any help is appreciated.


EDITED enter image description here

The problem is that default php package on Ubuntu 14.04 uses libedit which was originally written for BSD. It has a bug and the workaround requires replacing libedit with readline.

Here are the bug reports:



I created a Debian package with corrected build. I works successfully on Ubuntu 14.04 and solves the problem with accent letters.

  1. cd /tmp
  2. git clone
  3. cd ./php5
  4. dpkg -i -B --force-depends --force-overwrite php5_5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.17_all.deb
  5. php5enmod readline
  6. dpkg -i php5-readline_5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.17_amd64.deb


In case of dependency errors, run : sudo apt-get -f install