[CDBI] [Repost] Set utf8 character set on class connection?

Dan Rowles d.rowles at outcometechnologies.com
Mon Jan 9 10:09:44 GMT 2006

To call arbitrary SQL on your connection, you should do something like:-



Birgit Kellner wrote:
> Hello,
> in November I posted a query to this list concerning utf8 problems with 
> Class::DBI. Brian Philips was so nice as to help me on- and off-list, 
> but we couldn't resolve the problem and I then had to devote my time to 
> other issues, and let the matter rest for a while.
> So here I go again:
> The database uses utf8 encoding in MySQL 4.1.
> With DBI, for some reason I have to execute "set names utf8" after 
> setting up the database connection.
> I have set all MySQL character variables to "utf8", but DBI doesn't seem 
> to read them.
> Rewriting the script for Class::DBI, I've now defined this class 
> connection:
> ILKB::DBI->connection("dbi:mysql:ilkb_test",'$usr','$pwd');
> But how do I set the character set on this connection?
> I was thinking of using "set_sql", but don't know the correct syntax.
> Following Brian's advice, I tried several approaches that required 
> modifying my.cnf and trying to get Class::DBI to read its parameters 
> from there, but none of them worked. From the command-line, all database 
> character variables are set to "utf8". Php scripts that run with the 
> same MySQL installation have no problems with utf8 either. Hence I 
> presume that it's to do with Perl, and with DBI, or Class::DBI in 
> particular.
> I sincerely hope that someone can help me, for otherwise I might have to 
> drop Class::DBI (very reluctantly, as I really like it) and sadly revert 
> to my hand-stitched relation-handling ...
> Thank you very much,
> Birgit Kellner
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