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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?

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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.

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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.

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