Bug #45407

charset option for mysql connection is ignored with PHP < 5.3.6

Added by Benjamin Albrecht about 8 years ago. Updated over 7 years ago.

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the configurable charset option for the backed (default "utf8") is ignored with PHP Version < 5.3.6
But the systems requirements of Flow 2.0 are PHP 5.3.2
(Here is the link to the PHP documentation: http://php.net/manual/de/ref.pdo-mysql.connection.php)

There are several implications with this Bug:
- Upgrade of PHP Version to 5.3.6 is not possible
We are using Debian 6.0 with the latest PHP 5.3 Debian package. This is PHP 5.3.3-7+squeeze14, wich contains 5.3.3 plus Bugfixes and Securityfixes, but not new features, like the pdo_mysql charset support.
- If we ignore this bug and writing content into the db only with Flow, there are no wrong character at the frontend / website. But the db contains broken characters. After an update to an new php version or another server, the broken characters are shown at the frontend... (same after upgrading from FLOW3 1.1)

The mysql driver of doctrine supports "driverOptions" to set something like "SET NAMES utf8", but after this commit and using the native doctrine sources, this is no longer useful... http://git.typo3.org/FLOW3/Packages/Doctrine.DBAL.git/commitdiff/b231de400af149a7e6a980939b067c6177707e3d

Another useful solution could be the "SessionInitialization" of doctrine, but after this commit a great configure option of Flow is removed :-/ http://git.typo3.org/FLOW3/Packages/TYPO3.FLOW3.git/commit/0636682f3b304c6a63e7b1558d7d32c153c1940f


Updated by Ottmar Biebersdorf about 8 years ago

I can confirm this issue for Debian Sqeeze with PHP 5.3.3-7+squeeze14. This is a serious issue as the data in the DB-Dump is corrupt (no DB-Backup possible).
Like Benjamin Albrecht suggested, using Doctrine SessionInitialization with 'SET NAMES utf8' seems to fix this issue.


Updated by Benjamin Albrecht about 8 years ago


we are using an AOP aspect to set the doctrine SQLSesstionInit as a workaround:
With this solution it's not necessary to patch the core and the data in your DB is valid ;-)

namespace Your\Package\Aspect;

use TYPO3\Flow\Annotations as Flow;

 * @Flow\Aspect
class EntityManagerFactoryAspect {
     * @Flow\Around("method(TYPO3\Flow\Persistence\Doctrine\EntityManagerFactory->create())")
     * @param \TYPO3\Flow\Aop\JoinPointInterface $joinPoint The current join point
     * @return \Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager
    public function sqlSessionInitAdvice(\TYPO3\Flow\Aop\JoinPointInterface $joinPoint) {
        // @var $entityManager \Doctrine\ORM\EntityManager
        $entityManager = $joinPoint->getAdviceChain()->proceed($joinPoint);
        // @var $eventManager \Doctrine\Common\EventManager
        $eventManager = $entityManager->getEventManager();

        $sql = "SET NAMES utf8;";

        $sqlSessionInit = new \Doctrine\DBAL\Event\Listeners\SQLSessionInit($sql);


        return $entityManager;

This github gist gave us the inspiration to our solution: https://gist.github.com/bwaidelich/3917639
(thx to @khuppenbauer on twitter for this hint)


Updated by Daniel Ostmann over 7 years ago

You can use this configuration in your settings file:

          1002: 'SET NAMES utf8'

Since we can't use constants in the configuration file we use it's value of 1002 (PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_INIT_COMMAND).

See also: http://www.php.net/manual/de/pdo.construct.php#96325


Updated by Karsten Dambekalns over 7 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Closed
  • Assignee set to Karsten Dambekalns

This is an issue we had fixed in our own version of Doctrine 2 DBAL, see https://review.typo3.org/#/c/7746/

But since we use the unmodified version now, this is an issue that needs to be fixed with Doctrine, as notes in http://www.doctrine-project.org/jira/browse/DBAL-351 which points to https://github.com/doctrine/dbal/pull/206. This one was dismissed though, pointing out a solution.

The use of driverOptions is probably the easiest way (short of upgrading PHP).


Updated by Kay Strobach over 7 years ago

This Option should be the default for MySQL ... overriding is ok, but this is definitly a problem on many hosts!
Atleast it should be in the example yaml file ...

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