[Backgroundrb-devel] UTF8 postgres args saving issue

hemant gethemant at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 14:12:01 EDT 2009

Hey  Justin,

Thanks for the info. BTW, I will be merging following tree which
should fix these issues:


On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Justin Wood
<justin.wood at trifectagis.com> wrote:
> Hi, All
> I have an encountered an issue where the args field is not saved correctly
> to the database.  I encounter an error like this:
> ActiveRecord::StatementInvalid (RuntimeError: ERROR    C22021    M invalid
> byte sequence for encoding "UTF8": 0xcb3a    H This error can also happen if
> the byte sequence does not match the encoding expected by the server, which
> is controlled by "client_encoding".
> Here's the SQL that gets send to the database (note that the dump-ed args
> are written as a string):
> F.\src\backend\utils\mb\wchar.c    L1545    Rreport_invalid_encoding: INSERT
> INTO "bdrb_job_queues" ("args", "job_key", "taken", "worker_key",
> "worker_method", "priority", "finished_at", "tag", "worker_name", "timeout",
> "submitted_at", "finished", "runner_info", "submitter_info", "archived_at",
> "scheduled_at", "started_at") VALUES(E' { : car_idi Ë:
> inspection_report_name" First week inspection', E'66', 0, E'',
> E'send_warranty_notice', NULL, NULL, NULL, E'notification_worker', NULL,
> '2009-03-27 03:53:14.036000', 0, NULL, NULL, NULL, '2009-04-03
> 03:53:13.917000', NULL) RETURNING "id"):
> This won't happen all the time ... only when the array of bytes from the
> dump (represented as a string) have combinations or bytes that can't be
> interpreted as UTF8.
> This could be fixed in a couple of ways I suppose the most obvious being how
> the adapter saves bytea fields and encoding the dump as UTF8 ... but I
> wasn't sure if it would un-encode.  So I implemented the fool proof option
> of Base64 encoding the data, which means never having to worry about
> encoding again (because this is not the first time I've had a character
> encoding issue)
> Here's the bulletproof hack that I added to my BdrbJobQueue
> ...
>   #these accessors get around any possible character encoding issues with
> the database
>   def args=(args)
>     write_attribute(:args, Base64.b64encode(args))
>   end
>   def args
>     Base64.decode64(read_attribute(:args))
>   end
> ...
> Hope that helps someone.  It will help anyone who has the problem referred
> to here
> http://rubyforge.org/pipermail/backgroundrb-devel/2009-March/002325.html.
> Note, to the best of my knowledge all my other UTF8 settings are correct.
> Cheers
> Justin
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