Zend framework lucene UTF-8 problem

I had issues with the zend framework and its implementation of lucene. It saved the values from my UTF-8 database in the lucene files with characters like UTF-8 in ISO 8859-1 like on the search result page. And I wasn’t able to search case insensitive.

I noticed that the apache header (zend server CE) wasn’t sending UTF-8. So I added AddDefaultCharset utf-8 to my httpd.conf. Didn’t help.

What helped: In the Bootstrap.php adding to the init of the search

Zend_Search_Lucene_Analysis_Analyzer::setDefault(new Zend_Search_Lucene_Analysis_Analyzer_Common_Utf8());
Zend_Search_Lucene_Analysis_Analyzer::setDefault(new Zend_Search_Lucene_Analysis_Analyzer_Common_Utf8_CaseInsensitive());

In the model it is needed to decode it to ISO 8859-1 and than save it as UTF-8. Sounds insane, but it was the only thing that works for me.


WTF Zend Lucene!

JQuery Ajax cross domain request

If you try to do an ajax request on a different domain. You’ll get nothing. Looking a bit deeper into the request I noticed that the status code isn’t 200 or 403 nor 404 like expected. Nope it is 0. (jquery ajax statusCode 0). This means the browser doesn’t allow a crossdomain request. The easiest way for me to solve this was to create a proxy php script. Now I can send my ajax request to a url on my server while the PHP script does the real request to the other server.

This is the php script

* GetFromHost()
* @param string $host
* @param int $port
* @param string $path
* @param string $referer
* @param bool $keepalive
* @return
function GetFromHost($host, $port, $path, $referer,$keepalive=false) {

 $fsocket = fsockopen($host, 80, $errno, $errstr, 30);

 $request =     "GET $path HTTP/1.1\r\n";
 $request .= "Host: $host\r\n";
 $request .= "Referer: $referer\r\n";
 $request .= 'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1) ';
 $request .= "Gecko/20021204\r\n";
 $request .= 'Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,';
 $request .= 'text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,video/x-mng,image/png,';
 $request .= "image/jpeg,image/gif;q=0.2,text/css,*/*;q=0.1\r\n";
 $request .= "Accept-Language: en-us, en;q=0.50\r\n";
 //$request .= "Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, compress;q=0.9\r\n";
 $request .= "Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1, utf-8;q=0.66, *;q=0.66\r\n";
 $request .= "Keep-Alive: 300\r\n";
 $request .= "Connection: keep-alive\r\n";
 $request .= "Connection: close\r\n";
 //$request .= "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n";
 //$request .= "Content-length: ". strlen($data_to_send) ."\r\n";
 $request .= "\r\n";
 //$request .= $data_to_send;

 fputs($fsocket, $request);

 $res ='';
 while(!feof($fsocket)) {
 $res .= fgets($fsocket, 1024);

 return $res;

 return false;
 //echo "Fehlgeschlagen: ".$fsocket . $host .':'. $port;


$x = GetFromHost("www.example", "80", "/deep/url/kinda/", "");
$x = explode('Content-Type: text/html',$x);
$output = preg_replace('/\s+(\r\n|\r|\n)/', '$1', $x['1']);//remove white space and tabs at the line ends
echo $output;

maybe you have to edit the explode part for server to separate the header fom the real content.

Nice things in PHP 5.3

echo __DIR__;

$date = date_create_from_format(‘y-m-d’, ’05-10-12′);
var_dump(date_format($date, ‘F d, Y’));


Dude, where is my code?

$it = new RecursiveIteratorIterator(new RecursiveDirectoryIterator(‘.’));
$regx = new RegexIterator($it, ‘/^.+\.php$/i’, RecursiveRegexIterator::GET_MATCH);
foreach($regx as $file){
echo $file[0]. “\n”;


Disable AllowOverride (htaccess to httpd.conf)

AllowOverride is one of the things that slow down a lot. Disabling it makes apache faster. It is a horror to migrate all .htaccess files by hand. BUT here is a PHP script from Paul Reinheimer which makes it realy easy :-)

Get it htaccess.php

tune your server!

roundcube dislikes PHP 5.3

The current stable version ( 0.3) and the latest beta (0.4 beta) of roundcube dislike my upgrade tp PHP 5.3 All other applications run fine, but roundcube. Searching in the logs showed me that there are some PHP 4 code is used and often PHP 4 coding style. The manual says that at least PHP 5.2 must be used or greater. Super, since it does work with 5.3

Good that I’m a PHP developer myself and I found the places in the code I had to change. I had no fun to rewrite the whole code to PHP 5 style. So I just fixed it.What I have changed?

program/lib/MDB2.php on line 392
program/lib/MDB2.php on line 2614
program/lib/PEAR.php on line 563
program/lib/PEAR.php on line 566

By removing the “&”. I also searched for “=&” and replaced it with “=”. Quick and maybe dirty, but now I can check my mails again. I wonder how say you have to use PHP 5.2 or greater and still using that crap code?

Changed to worker mpm

Today I changed my server to from prefork mpm to worker mpm.

There are only some issues: in my phpmyadmin I had to set auth from http to cookie. And PHP_ADMIN_VALUE don’t work in the vhosts.

How to install it:

sudo apt-get install apache2-mpm-worker libapache2-mod-fcgid

In the single vhosts

Options Indexes ExecCGI
AddHandler fcgid-script .php
FCGIWrapper /usr/lib/cgi-bin/php5 .php

So that isn’t hard to do.

Well I would like to have a windows server with apache which is also threaded like worker mpm, but there is no cheap hoster for that yet. At home have that server is not an option cause of the small upload I have with my DSL, the coast of energie and where the hell should I put that server in my small apartment to that I still can sleep?

PHP benchmark class

< ?php
 * benchmark
 * @access public
 * @var $timing_start_times float
 * @var $timing_stop_times float
class benchmark{

	public $timing_start_times;
	public $timing_stop_times;

	* benchmark::timer_start()
	* @access public
	* @param string $name
	* @return int
	public function timer_start($name = 'default'){
		$this->timing_start_times[$name] = explode(' ', microtime());

	* benchmark::timer_stop()
	* @access public
	* @param string $name
	* @return
	public function timer_stop($name = 'default'){
		$this->timing_stop_times[$name] = explode(' ', microtime());

	* benchmark::timer_result()
	* @access public
	* @param string $name
	* @return int
	public function timer_result($name = 'default'){
		if (!isset($this->timing_start_times[$name])) {
        	return 0;
    	if (!isset($this->timing_stop_times[$name])) {
        	$stop_time = explode(' ', microtime());
        	$stop_time = $this->timing_stop_times[$name];
	    // do the big numbers first so the small ones aren't lost
	    $current = $stop_time[1] - $this->timing_start_times[$name][1];
	    $current += $stop_time[0] - $this->timing_start_times[$name][0];
	    return $current;


example code

< ?php
require_once "benchmark.class.php";
$bm = new benchmark();

Test Inline Tags vs echo

< ?php $bm->timer_start('echo'); ?> < ?php for ($i=0; $i<1000; $i++) { echo $i."
"; } ?> < ?php $bm->timer_stop('echo'); ?>

< ?php $bm->timer_start(str); ?> < ?php $str = ''; for ($i=0; $i<1000; $i++) { $str .= $i."
"; } echo $str; ?> < ?php $bm->timer_stop(str); ?>

< ?php $bm->timer_start(inline); ?> < ?php for ($i=0; $i<1000; $i++) { ?> 123
< ?php } ?> < ?php $bm->timer_stop(inline); ?>


echo - < ?php echo $bm->timer_result('echo'); ?>

str - < ?php echo $bm->timer_result(str); ?>

inline - < ?php echo $bm->timer_result(inline); ?>

remove /MACHINE:X86 from make files with php

I use PHP on the command line cause I know it the syntax better than any other scriting language and it works on linux and windows. This is about removing the x86 to be able to build apache in x64 (64 bit) on windows.

foreach($files as $file){
 echo "Replace in: ". $file ."\n\r";
 file_put_contents($file,str_ireplace(" /MACHINE:X86","",file_get_contents($file)));
 echo "FAILED: ". $file ."\n\r";

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