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The “Gtk-CRITICAL gtk_text_buffer_emit_insert assertion” warning in PHP-GTK2

By admin | August 30, 2008

If your internationalized PHP-GTK2 apps have ever failed to work, you probably received the following message in the terminal before:

Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_text_buffer_emit_insert: assertion `g_utf8_validate (text, len, NULL)' failed

This means that you have been using or passing non-UTF8 (good chance that it is CP1252 on Windows) strings to PHP-GTK2 classes and methods, such as GtkWindow, GtkLabel or GtkTextBuffer. To fix this, you should use iconv to convert those non-UTF8 strings. Below is a list of commonly used encodings:

To use this list, take the encoding and put it in parameter 1. See below for examples:


// Convert from Chinese, Simplified
$result = iconv(“GB2312”,“UTF-8”,$source);

// Convert from Greek
$result = iconv(“ISO-8859-7”,“UTF-8”,$source);

// Convert from Arabic
$result = iconv(“ISO-8859-6”,“UTF-8”,$source);

// Convert from French, German, and other Western languages
$result = iconv(“windows-1252”,“UTF-8”,$source);


If, as an exception, that you don’t have the iconv extension (included on most PHP-GTK2 setups), you can change the php-gtk.codepage directive. However, this is not flexible and can only be used for one language.

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