utf-8 support in libc?

[LoN]Kamikaze LoN_Kamikaze at gmx.de
Mon Mar 20 17:16:26 UTC 2006

If you make sure that your data goes into the database in a binary safe
form (look for escape methods supplied by your favourite programming
language) it doesn't matter how the database is encoded, because you
will always get the data back the way you put it in.

Vivek Khera wrote:
> Reading thru one of the postgres mailing lists regarding which character
> encoding to use for a database, someone chimed in and claimed this:
>  Umm, you should choose an encoding supported by your platform and the
>  locales you use. For example, UTF-8 is a bad choice on *BSD because
>  there is no collation support for UTF-8 on those platforms. On
>  Linux/Glibc UTF-8 is well supported but you need to make sure the
>  locale you initdb with is a UTF-8 locale. By and large postgres
>  correctly autodetects the encoding from the locale.
> Is this an accurate claim for FreeBSD?  I need to have a UTF-8 encoded
> database in an upcoming project, and performance is always a concern.
> Thanks.
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