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Re: Differences in UTF8 between 8.0 and 8.1

From: Paul Lindner <lindner(at)inuus(dot)com>
To: andrew(at)supernews(dot)com
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Differences in UTF8 between 8.0 and 8.1
Date: 2005-10-27 00:59:51
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On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 05:07:40AM -0000, Andrew - Supernews wrote:
> I'm inclined to suspect that the whole sequence c1 f9 d4 c2 d0 c7 d2 b9
> was never actually a valid utf-8 string, and that the d2 b9 is only valid
> by coincidence (it's a Cyrillic letter from Azerbaijani).  I know the 8.0
> utf-8 check was broken, but I didn't realize it was quite so bad.

Looking at the data it appears that it is a sequence of latin1
characters.  They all have the eighth bit set and all seem to pass the

In a million rows I found 2 examples of this.

However I'm running into another problem now.  The command:

  iconv -c -f UTF8 -t UTF8 

does strip out the invalid characters.  However, iconv reads the
entire file into memory before it writes out any data.  This is not so
good for multi-gigabyte dump files and doesn't allow for it to be used
in a pipe between pg_dump and psql.

Anyone have any other recommendations?  GNU recode might do it, but
I'm a bit stymied by the syntax.  A quick perl script using
Text::Iconv didn't work either.  I'm off to look at some other perl
modules and will try to create a script so I can strip out the invalid

Paul Lindner        ||||| | | | |  |  |  |   |   |

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