[Mediawiki-l] import db: charset problem

Klaus Becker colonius at free.fr
Mon May 14 20:18:43 UTC 2007

Am Montag, 14. Mai 2007 21:44 schrieb Platonides:
> Klaus Becker wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > with mediawiki 1.9.3, I have a big charset problem with german and french
> > special caracters.
> > I begin with a basic question:
> >
> > in the database, a word like "Université" ist stored as "Université"
> > in "page_title - varchar(255) - latin1_bin". Is that correct ? I suppose
> > no. Why is collation "latin1_bin" but phpmyadmin says "MySQL charset: 
> > UTF-8 Unicode (utf8)" ?
> Storing in latin1_bin is correct. mysql utf8 support is not "as good as
> it should" (and wasn't always available) so MediaWiki stores the utf8
> characters in a latin1 table. Université should be stored as Université
> On your case, Université has been encoded again as utf8, as i warned
> you a week ago Likely caused by "intelligent" db dumpers.
> > In another datase of a personal php-site, the same word is stored
> > as "Université" in "varchar(100)  latin1_swedish_ci" and this works.
> >
> > In the wiki, all internal links with caracters like "é", "ä" and so on
> > don't work after export/import by phpmyadmin.
> Because the titles on page table are broken.

Thanks for explanation. I red some articles I found on the web and I 
understand better now. In another mail I told that the problem is resolved by 
using mysqldump instead of phpmyadmin for backing up db.


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