I'm currently in the process of migrating an old application from php 5.6
In the process, I fiddled with the default_charset ini setting.
The documentation states (c.f.
"In PHP 5.6 onwards, "UTF-8" is the default value and [...] The value of
will also be used to set the default character set for [...] and for
if the mbstring.http_input mbstring.http_output mbstring.internal_encoding
configuration option is unset."
As such, I'd expect to be able to set default_charset to iso-8859-1 and
mbstring to pick that same setting for its internal encoding (if the
mentioned directives are unset, that is).
This seems not to be the case:
ini_set( 'default_charset', 'iso-8859-1' );
var_dump( ini_get("mbstring.internal_encoding") );
var_dump( ini_get("mbstring.http_input") );
var_dump( ini_get("mbstring.http_output") );
mb_internal_encoding() . "\n";
echo mb_strlen( "\xc3\xb6" ) . "\n";
echo mb_strlen( "\xc3\xb6", '8bit' ) . "\n";
This outputs (7.2.15 on a CentOS box):
The default_charset is set but mbstring settings are not, so I'd expect to
get 2 as the character/byte count in both cases.
If I throw a mb_internal_encoding("iso-8859-1") in the mix, both string
lengths are equal.
Since the mentioned mbstring directives are deprecated as of 5.6.0 - do I
really need to use
Is the documentation wrong or am I just misinterpreting it? I thought that
default_charset should act as some kind of "master setting" in order not to
have to set all specific settings as well (e.g. iconv, mbstring).
Usually we use UTF-8, so I did not come across this before...