I was about to diff a backup from it's source to manually verify that the data is correct. Some chars, like åäö, is not shown correctly on the original data but as the clients (over samba) interpret ...
I have two mysql servers, viewed from the same mysql client, right_server is rendering the french characters correctly, wrong_server is not. Encoding is the same : $ mysql -h right_server -NBe "SHOW ...
Does ext4 / cifs system need kernel NLS support ? I'm not sure if it's being handled by user-space program (decoding / encoding) ?
Due to a lot of file exchange works between Windows (GBK encoding) and Linux (UTF-8 encoding), it will encounter character encoding issues easily, such as: zip/tar files whose name contains chinese ...