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Re: Idle Error invalid byte sequence

From: Randall Wilson <rwilson(at)earthcomber(dot)com>
To: "pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Idle Error invalid byte sequence
Date: 2008-09-18 20:10:24
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Yes, the encoding was changed from SQL_ASCII to UTF-8. Does the fact
that it's an "Idle" error conform your theory that some client is
causing the error? I thought the "Idle" error was caused by errors found
during background processes, like vacuums.

I made a plain text backup of the live database and I'm not having any
luck grepping for the character. I may be doing it wrong. If I can't
find it in the database dump, what does that tell us? Is it possibly in
a template database.

Thanks for your help,

Tom Lane wrote:
> Randall Wilson <rwilson(at)earthcomber(dot)com> writes:
>> We've got a PostgreSQL 8.1.11 database that started displaying these
>> error messages almost immediately AFTER it was restored.
>> ...
>> Is there any way to figure out where the 0x8b character is?
> Hmm, did you perhaps change the database encoding from its previous
> value?  The most likely bet is that the bad encoding is arriving from a
> client, which is evidently expecting to send something other than UTF8
> but not bothering to set client_encoding to tell what.
> 			regards, tom lane

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