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Re: Change the character encoding of a database

From: Ivo Rossacher <rossacher(at)bluewin(dot)ch>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Change the character encoding of a database
Date: 2004-06-29 16:16:31
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This did finaly work for me. I have to add that to get this working it is 
required to have a UTF-8 aware system on which the psql runs during import. 
Since the database server is not a UTF-8 system, my tries with this approche  
on the server only did fail.

Thanks a lot.

Best regards
Ivo Rossacher

Am Dienstag, 29. Juni 2004 16:29 schrieb James Cooper:
> Ah yes, if there points for FAQ this would top the bill. My approach was
> to dump the database, create a new one as UNICODE and then used a tool
> called "recode" to convert the dumped database to UNICODE and the
> imported into Postgre.
> Ivo Rossacher wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I do have a database which was created with the encoding SQL_ASCII and
> > used with German, French and Italien strings. Until recently there was
> > only a Linux client, an all worked fine (Suse 8.1). Now there is a new
> > Windows client which does have a different idea of the encoding. I did
> > some tests and found out that the encoding UNICODE does work properly for
> > both clients. The question now is how to change the encoding of database
> > from SQL_ASCII to UNICODE?
> >
> > I did try to dump the database by pgdump database > dump.dmp, droped the
> > database, recreate it with the encoding UNICODE and restore the dump by
> > psql database < dump.dmp which worked after some small changes (change
> > the client encoding to UNICODE) in the dump.dmp. Without the changes in
> > the dump.dmp there was a error message about invalide codes and no import
> > at all. With the changes there are still some encoding mistakes (wrong
> > signes in the strings) but the import basically works. The server
> > actually runs on the same machine as the client (Suse 8.1). I think there
> > is a problem with the import because the linux system is not set to use
> > UNICODE. Is there an way to get the data converted correctly?

Ivo Rossacher

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