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    Illegal mix of collations


    Hi everyone,

    i have php and MySQL 4.1.11 installed on my linux box,i am getting error for mix of collation when i use find_in_set php function also some invalid characters are coming on site from db.

    error is

    #1267 - Illegal mix of collations (utf8_general_ci,COERCIBLE) and (latin1_swedish_ci,IMPLICIT) for operation 'find_in_set'

    if any one can help i will be really thankfull.
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    Yep. MySQL is complaining because it can't work out how to combine utf-8 data and latin-1. What type of data are you storing?

    I think there are two solutions here - the first is to convert all the tables to either latin-1 or utf-8 (I'd go for utf-8, but this will depend on what data you're storing).

    Or, you can probably use mysql keyword CONVERT() in the query. Something like this:

    SELECT CONVERT(fieldname USING utf8) FROM tablename;

    should convert the fieldname into utf8. Not sure how fast this will be, but you're probably going to incur a performance hit.
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    Thank you!

    All I want here is absolutely plain text, but I'm dealing with users pasting Word docs into my forms. I can't stop that so I need to clean it up after.

    I've also tried filtering the data between the form and the database, but have had only limited success there.

    After building dynamic sites for more than 20 years you'd think I could have a decent system by now, but people never stop finding ways to break things.

    Thank you again!
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