Wordpress not linking properly to unicode image filenames

  • Posted November 4, 2013

Hi, I just migrated my Wordpress site to DO. I used an Ubuntu with preconfigured wordpress and transfered my files and my DB to the VPS. So far so good. I have this strange behavior: Filenames with unicode names (greek) do not link properly on website and eventually images do not show on site. Here are the facts:

  • ssh into vps and ls shows filenames as ???.jpg
  • performing ls | more shows filenames correclty! (So i assume that the original naming was not lost when transferring them)
  • checking images from wordpress admin shows them as broken links.(they do not show)
  • logging into to phpmyadmin and checking the corresponding tables (postmeta) shows the names in unicode.
  • also, uploading one new image with unicode (greek) filename works OK… Any ideas?

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Well,I think problem might be the database… <br>Files do reside in the directories with the correct unicode filenames. <br>By using the url as it shows inside the WP admin i get <br>/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Όλα-για-τη-μητέρα-μου.jpg was not found on this server <br>If I try to type the exact filename the image is shown correctly… <br>Any ideas? <br> <br>@Kamal Nasser: I changed the collation to utf8 but with no luck. How can I change the table locale that u are referring to?

Make sure the tables’ locales are set to utf8. Also set putty to use utf8.

Hmm… no… <br>In my case i have apache2 so i did <br>sudo service apache2 restart <br> <br>I also installed locale for greek language using apt-get but with no luck… :-/ <br>

oops; I forgot to mention: Restart Apache: <br><pre>sudo service apache restart</pre>

Hi, <br>had already done that but did it again just in case…

Make sure that everything in your WordPress directory is owned by <code>www-data</code> and is a member of the <code>www-data</code> group; by executing: <br><pre>ls -la /path/to/your/WordPress/installation</pre> <br>If you see <code>root:root</code> sprinkled anywhere in there, remedy it by executing: <br><pre>sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /path/to/your/WordPress/installation</pre>