According to the docs, Postgres automatically recodes from table to client encoding and vice versa if you tell it to use a specific client encoding. So it should be pretty transparent.
That's what I thought as well, but it simply doesn't behave that way on my systems. Client encoding tells WIN1252, but UTF-8 encoded bytes are send. The only thing I have in between is DBIx::Log4perl which logs the statements send to the server and shows that UTF-8 bytes are send.
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