I made a small update to the libxml2-fix WordPress plugin this morning. There are few more odd combinations of PHP + libxml2 that have problems, so this change applies the work around as long as the libxml2 version is below 2.7.3. That saves on having to list all of the individual versions that may have this issue. This improvement was submitted by Danilo Ercoli.
I’m bummed that there are still so many hosts running known to be broken combinations of PHP + libxml2. In the meantime we may as well make it easier for people to work around the issue.
If you use Windows for your desktop there’s a handy little tool for WordPress comment management – wp-comments-notifier. It uses the WordPress XML-RPC APIs to check for new comments and manage them. How-To Geek has a great post describing how to use it.
A small update to the LibXML2 Fix WordPress plugin is now available, version 0.2.3.
The only change was the addition of 2.6.27 to the list of libxml versions that the plugin looks for. I’ve had a few reports that this version also has problems with stripping brackets.
For those that haven’t been following this problem here’s the short version of the story. Some combinations of libxml and PHP don’t play nice with each other, the result being that brackets get stripped out of XML content. This is a particular problem for XML-RPC requests in WordPress. This plugin injects a small hack into the XML-RPC data before it gets processed in an attempt to preserve the brackets.