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question marks after moving servers

11:26 am on Dec 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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After my host moved my site to another server all special caracters in data from a MySql database are shown as "?" also in phpMyAdmin. The host recommends that I manually change every "?". Is there an easier solution?

[edited by: FromBelgium at 11:26 am (utc) on Dec. 3, 2006]

12:49 pm on Dec 3, 2006 (gmt 0)


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there are very specific issues regarding character sets that changed somewhere around mysql 4.0 or 4.1, so you should refer to documentation for your version, but you could start by looking at this:

this describes how the character set can be set at the server level and overridden at runtime.
you will probably need help from your host to implement this fix.
there is an entirely different and probably more complicated set of issues if you exported and imported data when moving servers especially if it was also a version upgrade.
i'm ony peripherally aware if these issues so i will defer to those more recently bruised and blistered.

4:49 pm on Dec 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is additional information:

MySQL charset: UTF-8 Unicode (utf8) (cannot be change)
MySQL connection collation:utf8_bin (can be changed)

Collation: latin_swedish_ci (can be changed)

Does this looks normal? Should I change one of the settings?
If I change the collation does this change data stored in the database?