php strip apostrophes

Posted on 2006-11-15
Last Modified: 2009-12-16
Is there a way to put something above a file to strip '  from all forms and then be able to use the HTTP_POST_VARS later on?
Question by:jackjohnson44
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Expert Comment

ID: 17949912
Yes, but I strongly suspect there's a more direct way of solving the problem you're facing.  What IS the original problem you're facing?

Meanwhile, this will do what you've asked:

function inexplicably_remove_single_quotes(/* string */ $s) {
    return str_replace("'", '', $s);

$_POST = array_map($_POST, $s);

(Though I've here used the more up-to-date $_POST you could do the same thing with $HTTP_POST_VARS if necessary.)
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Expert Comment

ID: 17949933
Heh, no that won't; that won't do anything at all.  THIS would do it:

$_POST = array_map($_POST, 'inexplicably-remove_single_quotes');

Expert Comment

ID: 17951706
Are you familiar with addslashes()?  This will escape all your quotes.  
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Expert Comment

ID: 17951720
Well, the way to handle quotes depends on where they're going.  If into a MySQL database then mysql_real_escape_string() would be more appropriate.  If into an HTML page then htmlentities() would be more appropriate.  addslashes() is a generic way of escaping, but often isn't the right way.

Author Comment

ID: 17966165
I am posting the page back to itself, and the form repopulates.
If it posts back and it has a quote, it will keep putting slashes in the text box.
I totally want to turn them off and if I need them I can add them myself.
Is there a way to turn it off?
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Expert Comment

ID: 17966207
Yes, it's an option in php.ini -- see

If you're on a server where you can't control php.ini, the code I posted is a workaround: it just takes the slashes back out after PHP adds them.  It's annoying, yes, but once you've done it the effect is as though PHP never poked its head into it in the first place.

Author Comment

ID: 17966262
Is this what you are talking about?
$_POST = array_map($_POST, 'inexplicably-remove_single_quotes');

Can I just put it in an include file?

What does this mean: inexplicably-remove_single_quotes

Does this do anything to: HTTP_POST_VARS?

This is what I want to change.

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Accepted Solution

VoteyDisciple earned 500 total points
ID: 17966397
Wait, wait, that's not quite right: you don't want to remove QUOTES, you want (and this sounds like a much more reasonable plan to me) to just remove ESCAPING of quotes.

For that just use stripslashes().

$HTTP_POST_VARS = array_map($HTTP_POST_VARS, 'stripslashes');

The inexplicably_remove_single_quotes (see my first comment for the definition of that function) actually removed the QUOTES, which is what you first asked.  To just undo the escaping all you need is the built-in stripslashes function.

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