Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What is the recommended locale setting on a server that is used as an web and database server. Are there any drawbacks not using UTF-8 as default?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Some legacy application might not like it, but you should definitely use UTF-8 for new installations.

  • for converting files (the contents) you can use iconv(1)
  • for converting filenames you can use convmv(1)

Other special applications (application generated data) might require other considerations.

share|improve this answer

all newer application think u use UTF-8.

utf-8 use slightly more space for store(2 bytes character) but more compatible for multi-language. so if ur database have alot of text inside, using locale preferable. but UTF-8 still more compatible.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.