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Changing collation of database tables?

Thread began 1/04/2011 7:21 pm by henrik.schlegel400884 | Last modified 1/11/2011 1:47 pm by henrik.schlegel400884 | 2889 views | 18 replies |

Henrik

Changing collation of database tables?

Some characters of product names and discriptions will not be correctly displayed on my pages, like ü, ö, ä etc. I guess this has to do with the collation used in the database.
(Because on other parts of my pages this characters display correctly!)

I tried to change the collation to utf-8 but can't find how to change the collation of a whole table. ? (The collation of the tables seems to be still in "latin1_swedish_ci".)

I changed the collation in every column of the products table to utf-8 but that didn't solved the issue.

I have attached two screenshots for better understanding.

Could someone please give me a hint how to change the collation of the whole tables ?
If that would solve the issue ... Or any other suggestions ?

Thanks a lot!!

I use:
phpMyAdmin - 2.11.9.6
MySQL-Client-Version: 5.0.88

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

ALTER TABLE tbl_name CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8;

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Henrik

Thank you!

Where should I enter this line?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Usually in the query window of your database manager program.

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Henrik

I entered this and yes, it changed the collation of the table.

But name and discription of my products still not display correctly.

I 've set the following collation setting in the database to: utf8_general_ci :

- collation of table columns
- collation of tables
- collation of the MySQL connection

My pages are set to:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />

But still it doesn't work!

Could the problem be in the server variables and settings?
(See screenshot)

Thanks for the help!

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Are you using WebAssist's dynamic connections? It allows you to set the language for your connection... if not you can add it manually to your connection file:


mysql_set_charset('utf8',$YourConnection);

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Henrik

No, I have to add it manually ...

In the last line of the php code of the connection file ?

If I do that I get a Fatal Error: Call to undifined function

Where exactly I have to enter that?
Thanks!

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I think it might be php 5+, so I'm not sure what you would do for php 4, which is probably what you are using if you get a function undefined error. I'd update to php 5 if you can... otherwise you can try defining it:


<?
if (!function_exists('mysql_set_charset')) {
function mysql_set_charset($charset,$dbh)
{
return mysql_query("set names $charset",$dbh);
}
}
?>

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Henrik

The php version on the server should be 5, I found a note that the server is updated to this versions:

mysql (Version 5.0.88)
php (5.0.11)

---

I changed the code of the connection file matching the following, but got an error/warning: (I am not sure if it was this what you suggested) ?


<?
if (!function_exists('mysql_set_charset')) {
function mysql_set_charset($charset,$mysql_soma)
{
return mysql_query("set names $charset",$mysql_soma);
}
}
?>
<?php
# FileName="Connection_php_mysql.htm"
# Type="MYSQL"
# HTTP="true"
$hostname_mysql_soma = "--removed--";
$database_mysql_soma = "--removed--";
$username_mysql_soma = "--removed--";
$password_mysql_soma = "--removed--";
$mysql_soma = mysql_pconnect($hostname_mysql_soma, $username_mysql_soma, $password_mysql_soma) or trigger_error(mysql_error(),E_USER_ERROR);
mysql_set_charset('utf8',$mysql_soma);
?>


Because I got this warning, maybe I did something wrong ...
In this case could you please correct this code?
Thanks!

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

What was the warning/error?

I guess that function wasn't introduced until version 5.2.3

function.mysql-set-charset.php

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