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Single Quote Escape (\') Insertion Problem while writing and reading back a text file.   How to handle?

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Hello!    Everyone, I have a problem of BACK SLASH  INSERTION.

I am developing a Blog or Comment submission interface through Web_PHP.   Since I am dealing not only English but also other languages, I use UTF-8 as default charcter set at Apache.     I used a simple functions to write and read the UTF-8 text files.  

   fwrite();    and    readfile($filename);

Here comes a problem.   All single quotes are modified to have back slash (\), and each time read and write that text, back slash are increasingly inserted.   See example below.    

   Qu\'est ce que s\'est passé.
   Alors les résultats de recherche n\'ont plus le lien d\'agrafes de multimédia.

How to stop inserting those extra slashes?   Suggestion please!!    Help!
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Question by:mkido
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by:Raynard7
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These back slashes are just escaped

You can use the stripslashes function (http://au.php.net/manual/en/function.stripslashes.php)
for example;
<?php
$str = "Is your name O\'reilly?";

// Outputs: Is your name O'reilly?
echo stripslashes($str);
?>

to strip the slashes.
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NewJorg earned 160 total points
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I assume that you read the file, show it in a form, edit the text in the browser and send it to the server which writes it back to the file?

then you should turn off the magic_quotes_gpc in php.ini. If you cant change it the suggestion from Raynard7 on the userinput will do fine.
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by:Muhammad Wasif
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Its better to use stripslashes() in this way.

I am modifiying Raynard7's example
<?
$str = "Is your name O\'reilly?";

//first check if u need to remove the slashes or not
// by doing this you dont need to turn off the magic_quotes_gpc in php.ini
if(get_magic_quotes_gpc())
      echo stripslashes($str);
else
      echo $str;
?>

for more info http://www.php.net/get_magic_quotes_gpc
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by:mkido
ID: 17043088
Hello everyone, thank you very much.  

I will soon try to see what will happen by turning off,

   magic_quotes_gpc in php.ini

then, get back here.     Then, I will try,

   stripslashes().

Thanks.
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by:mkido
ID: 17044149
Dear wasifq,

tunring off
  magic_quotes_gpc    in php.ini
worked.     wonderful!
I saw that when fwrite() wrote down the french text, it aldreay inserted the slash (\) in front of quote (').   Thus, I think it is better to prevent the insertion while PHP writes text down.    

Regarding stripslashes(), let me try a little later.   Thanks.
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by:mkido
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Thank you,
  Raynard7,  NewJorg,  and wasifq:

stripslashes() works well too.   I prefer to turn off "magic_quotes_gpc" in "php.ini" file.    Thanks for your help!
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