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Data::Dumper and utf8by thedi (Acolyte)
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wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have a big application, all written in Perl. It uses a MySQL database and saves in some cases Perl structures to the database. This Perl structures are dumped with Data::Dumper and restored with eval.
Everyting is in Unicode: program sources, data files, database. Each program and Module begins with use utf8. Non-ASCII Unicode data is handled without problems, except in one case: data dumped with Data::Dumper, then restored and then written to the database (now without Dumper). Such data is corrupted.
After some research i finally found out that the data restored with eval looses its utf-8 bit. All bytes are correct, but Perl does not know that it is utf8-encoded. DBI then fails when it tries to include such data in SQL statements.
Unluckilly the application is quite big, What is the simplest way to fix this problem? All I need is a way to tell Perl in evals, that string which are generated by the eval are in Unicode (Useqq does not solve it)
This program demonstrates the problem:
PS: it is on a Mac OSX 10.5.8 with Perl v5.8.8 built for darwin-thread-multi-2level