SocialEngine 4: Non-ASCII Strings Not Getting Posted or Corrupted

Non-ASCII strings gets corrupted or just simply does not get posted in status updates and comments.

The default string operation functions do not support multi-byte text (virtually all non-english text). You can fix this problem by installing PHP’s Multi-byte String Library and setting mbstring.func_overload to 2 in php.ini

Starting in 3.08, we will attempt to force this to on in header.php (if the mbstring library is installed), however unless you are running a fully dedicated server, it will probably fail due to security restrictions. If it is not working, you will have to set it manually in php.ini

Standard php.ini

mbstring.func_overload 2

Non-standard php.ini (used by some hosts)



php_value mbstring.func_overload 2


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