Well i got stuck with the utf8 issues, but did add debug info so others can see where it is failing.
Im working on a newproject atm called WiiCR , its a media player solution for the nintendo Wii.
Plans for namefix.pl atm are to release 4.0 with debug info and no utf8 support. I will begin creating namefix-cli.pl that will use the 4.0 libs. The old cli version never had these issues with international characters so Im hoping that the cli ui (which is needed anyway) will narrow down the problem even more.
Merry Xmas and a happy new year to all.