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I have a problem with creating new records. After this command:

$addCommand->setField('FieldName',$myRecord->getField('FieldName2', 0));

there are no line breakes in the field 'FieldName'.

'FieldName2' contents some line breaks and I wont to have them in the 'FieldName'.

Am I doing something wrong?

If someone could help me, I would be very greatfull.


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if it's not a typo in your post, the semi-colon between $myRecord-> and getField(

is a PHP syntax error

If that's not the problem what error message is php and/or the Filemaker object throwing?

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it was a typo. the syntax is ok.

no error message is throwing by php and/or the Filemaker.

I've tried to do it with the nl2br function


and the result look like this:

some text,

some text

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That's what nl2br() does. It's generally used for printing content to the screen, because HTML ignores most white-space including carriage returns.

Exactly what problem are you having?

Is the record created?

If yes then does `FieldName` contain a value?

If yes how does that value differ from what you expected?

You said the were no Filemaker errors are you running the following code to check for them?

$result = $addCommand->execute();

if (FileMaker::isError($result)) {

	echo "Error: (" . $result->getCode() . ") " . $result->getMessage(); 


Lastly does `FieldName2` contain any non latin characters?

is so try this


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It's tough to tell exactly what you are trying to do from a little snippet of code, but I can tell you that working with line breaks with FileMaker and PHP is a little tricky.

When you have a FileMaker field that contains line breaks and your pull that data with PHP, it shows up on the PHP side as n or the new line character.

If you want to use PHP to set a FileMaker field with line breaks in it (e.g. a checkbox field is the most common example) then you have to use the r character sequence.

Bear in mind that I am a mac/linux dude, so YMMV if Windows is involved. I just wrote an article for Advisor that touches on this topic, but I am not sure when it will be released.



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I'm struggling with exactly this but replacing n doesn't seem to be working for me.

I'm pulling a text field that includes line breaks out of FileMaker via getField(). I've also tried getFieldUnencoded() and I seem to get the same result.

I lose all of my line breaks when I pull the data and echo it to a web page. I tried using str_replace() to replace n with

but that isn't working.

Any info on how to get this to work would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Use nl2br() instead of str_replace() to replace natural line breaks with

It will catch all of the different OS idiosyncrasies

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Hi Rafal

Getting line breaks from an HTML text area into FMP fields can be affected by the charset of the page.

Check that your charset is UTF-8 in the line within the html

element, like:

You can also try adding UTF-8 directly to your form, like:

nl2br() is the PHP function for getting line breaks that exist in FMP fields to display as separate lines in HTML

"nl2br" stands for NewLine character (e.g. n or r) TO line BReak (or




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