Bug #102806 Linux client does not accept umlauts if started with default-character-set=utf8
Submitted: 3 Mar 2021 22:16 Modified: 5 Mar 2021 13:59
Reporter: Björn Voigt (OCA) Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server: Command-line Clients Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:8.0.23 OS:Linux
Assigned to: CPU Architecture:Any
Tags: character set, client, Unicode, utf8

[3 Mar 2021 22:16] Björn Voigt
If the MySQL client is started with the option --default-character-set=utf8 (or e.g. --default-character-set=utf8mb4) it becomes impossible to enter 8bit characters (e.g. German umlauts like ä,ö,ü). Scripts (e.g. cat script.sql | mysql ...) work as expected, but interactive input is impossible.

MySQL 8.0.23 and MySQL 5.7.33 are affected. All MySQL builds (e.g. mysql-5.7.33-linux-glibc2.12-x86_64 from mysql.com) show this bug.

MySQL Windows builds and MariaDB (tested with 10.4.17 on openSUSE 15.2) do not show this bug on the same computer.

How to repeat:
Start MySQL client with the option --default-character-set=utf8 (or utf8mb4). The option "default-character-set=utf8" can also be placed in $HOME/.my.cnf:

# mysql --default-character-set=utf8 -u root --host -p

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Your MySQL connection id is 1305
Server version: 8.0.23 MySQL Community Server - GPL
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mysql> äöü <<-- this umlauts can not be typed

Different locale configurations were tested. Here I use:

# locale

Suggested fix:
There is probably something wrong with libedit.
[3 Mar 2021 22:55] MySQL Verification Team
Thank you for the bug report. Others kind of accented letters can't be typed too on Linux.
[5 Mar 2021 10:08] Erlend Dahl
Posted by developer:
As reported, it doesn't work on 8.0.23. In 8.0.24, the editline library has been upgraded, and I can make it work on Linux:

mysql -h127.0.0.1 --port=13000 -p -uroot --default-character-set=utf8mb4

mysql> select version();
| version()    |
| 8.0.24-debug |
1 row in set (0.01 sec)

mysql> select "Ça, c'est Noël";
| Ça, c'est Noël   |
| Ça, c'est Noël   |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

[5 Mar 2021 13:59] Paul DuBois
Posted by developer:
Fixed in 8.0.24.

For builds compiled using the libedit library, if the mysql client
was invoked with the --default-character-set=utf8 option, libedit
rejected input of multibyte characters.