In your mf.cnf file:
[mysqld] default-character-set = utf8 collation-server = utf8_unicode_ci init-connect='SET NAMES utf8' character-set-server = utf8 #try uncommenting these if you have problems #skip-character-set-client-handshake #character_set_client=utf8 #character_set_server=utf8 [mysql] default-character-set=utf8 [client] default-character-set=utf8
And I have this in my confg.inc.php file for phpMyAdmin:
$cfg['DefaultLang'] = 'en-utf-8'; $cfg['DefaultCharset'] = 'utf_8'; $cfg['DefaultConnectionCollation'] = 'utf8_general_ci'; $cfg['Lang'] = 'en-utf-8';
To verify, run this command:
show variables like "%character%";show variables like "%collation%"; collation_connection latin1_swedish_ci collation_database utf8_unicode_ci collation_server utf8_unicode_ci
It does not really matter what the collation_connection shows up as. This has no bearing on how the mysql commands are run. If it is not utf8 that is fine.
Tip: Just make sure that your DATABASE’s coalitions are also set to utf8 (utf8_general_ci), in phpMyAdmin – then tables you create inside the database will have that coallation too.