Spanish accented special charactes issue

Posted on 2009-05-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-18

we have some perl scripts which loads similar data including spanish content from sybase 12.5 environmen into  two oracle 10g database servers say server A, Server B  (both running on unix AIX OS environment)

Server A has locale character set of en_US.UTF-8 which displays loaded spanish content without any issues when pointed by java application.

Server B was not set up for character set of en_US.UTF-8. Which does not display some of the spanish accented characters (which displays as some weird reverse '?' etc) when I point the application to this database server. How can i fix the issues on oracle database server B also so that when I point java application to it, it should display special accented characters fine similar to oracle database server A.

Can we install additional locale on server B like UTF-8?. How can we install additional locale on it

Any links, ideas, resources, sample code highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.



Question by:gudii9
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What operating systems are the servers?

Another possibility is to handle it in Oracle:

Oracle supports two methods for Unicode data storage. The first is known as the Unicode Database solution and involves creating a Unicode-based database using UTF-8 as the encoding not only for CHAR and VARCHAR2 character datatypes but also for all SQL names and literals. (CLOB is a special case here, as Oracle Database 10g always uses UTF-16 for CLOBs in a Unicode Database.) In order to implement the Unicode Database solution, configure your database character set as AL32UTF8, the Oracle name for UTF-8.

The alternative Unicode approach is the Unicode Datatype solution, in which UTF-16 data is stored in the NCHAR, NVARCHAR, and NCLOB Unicode datatypes. This is an ideal solution when you want Unicode support at the column level in a non-Unicode database. To implement this solution, set your national character set to AL16UTF16, the Oracle name for UTF-16. In fact, beginning with Oracle9I Database, using AL16UTF16 as the national character set is the default behavior.

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both are on AIX unix operating system
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On the server that is the problem can you please get the output of

locale -a

and post it back here?
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it says like


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You can check if it has the specific file sets installed for the UTF-8 locale with

lslpp -l | grep -i locale

The file set in question should be contained in bos.loc.iso on the installer cd's.

To install: smitty -> System Environments -> Manage Language Environment -> Add Additional Language Environments

I believe it is on the 5th CD of 8 on the AIX install. But not certain.

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thank you very much

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