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Determining client_encoding from client locale

From: Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Determining client_encoding from client locale
Date: 2009-06-17 11:29:26
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We currently require that you set client_encoding correctly, or you get 
garbage in psql and any other tool using libpq. How about setting 
client_encoding automatically to match the client's locale? We have 
pg_get_encoding_from_locale() function that we can use to extract the 
encoding from LC_CTYPE. We could call that in libpq.

client_encoding defaults to server_encoding, which is correct in the 
typical environment where the client and the server have identical 
locale settings, which I believe is why we don't see more confused users 
on mailing lists. However, a partner of ours was recently bitten by 
this. That was on Windows; I'm not 100% sure if LC_CTYPE is set 
correctly there by default, but this seems like a good idea nevertheless.

We could expand that to datestyle and the user-settable lc_* settings, 
but I don't want to go that far. In case the server lc_ctype/collate 
settings don't match the client's locale, you would end up with mixed 
lc_* settings which might be more confusing than helpful.

   Heikki Linnakangas


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