I have just migrated a MySQL database to a new server using mysqldump. The charset of database is normally UTF-8 and everything was working fine on the old server but when we switched over to new one, the special characters started not to show properly. The only difference I can see between two servers is that the default charset of new server is set to latin1 in my.cnf whereas this was not the case on old server.

I have tried to replace all these special characters using interconnect/it's tool but that did not work.

What needs to be done to get this fixed? What should one pay attention to in such a situation? Charsets of database, table?

  • Can you not change the charset in the new server to UTF-8? The data in the DB is physically stored different based on these settings. stackoverflow.com/questions/2708958/…
    – slm
    Apr 10, 2014 at 19:27
  • It's already set to utf8 for this specific database indeed. I've confirmed that database/table charsets are looking identical on both servers.
    – compixtr
    Apr 10, 2014 at 23:05
  • What versions of mysql and linux systems are we dealing w/ here?
    – slm
    Apr 10, 2014 at 23:18
  • Both are 5.5.28. (Server version: 5.5.28-log)
    – compixtr
    Apr 11, 2014 at 0:24
  • This article is long but may help you in solving this particular issue: bluebox.net/insight/blog-article/…. I've had this problem happen to me in the past as well and I seem to recall getting the tables & DB set in UTF-8 prior, and then re-importing my mysqldumps into them once they were set appropriately.
    – slm
    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:26

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I was able to fix the issue by replacing all special characters - those do not show up properly - with their original ones. (Thanks to interconnect/it's Search & Replace Tool) The important thing to pay attention at that point was to replace the charset of all these replaced items with utf8 as well. I was missing that part and when the items were replaced, they still were not showing up properly since the correct charset was not set.

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