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Re: 8.0.0beta4: "copy" and "client_encoding"

From: Oliver Jowett <oliver(at)opencloud(dot)com>
To: mbch67(at)yahoo(dot)com
Cc: pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: 8.0.0beta4: "copy" and "client_encoding"
Date: 2004-11-04 10:17:22
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mbch67(at)yahoo(dot)com wrote:
> Thanks Kris and Oliver for your explanations.
> Why I want to set the client_encoding to latin1? That's a fair
> question. Unfortunately I removed the statement following the COPY
> command to keep the posting short:
>    COPY temp_test FROM '/home/postgres/temp_test.dat';
> I want to load a latin1-encoded file using the COPY command.

Hmm. I am suprised that COPY does not let you specify the encoding of 
the input file. Using client_encoding for this seems wrong: there are 
some cases it can't handle, e.g. trying to load a LATIN1-encoded file 
into a table that has a name that can't be represented in LATIN1.

I suppose that in the absence of backend support for this, we could add 
some URL parameter that allows client_encoding to be changed, with 
suitably dangerous warnings around using it. Then you can temporarily 
flip client_encoding to LATIN1 for the duration of the COPY, and revert 
it to UNICODE afterwards.


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