Common MYSQL Error – Can’t initialize character set
You might see an error like this if you have character set problems:
MySQL Connection Failed: Can’t initialize character set charset_name
This error can have any of the following causes:
The character set is a multi-byte character set and you have no support for the character set in the client. In this case, you need to recompile the client by running configure with the –with-charset=charset_name or –with-extra-charsets=charset_name option. “Typical configure Options”.
All standard MySQL binaries are compiled with –with-extra-charsets=complex, which enables support for all multi-byte character sets. “Typical configure Options”.
The character set is a simple character set that is not compiled into mysqld, and the character set definition files are not in the place where the client expects to find them.
In this case, you need to use one of the following methods to solve the problem:
Recompile the client with support for the character set. “Typical configure Options”.
Specify to the client the directory where the character set definition files are located. For many clients, you can do this with the –character-sets-dir option.
Copy the character definition files to the path where the client expects them to be.
What are MYSQL Errors?
MySQL programs have access to several types of error information when the server returns an error.
The MYSQL message displayed contains three types of information:
A numeric error code. This number is MySQL-specific and is not portable to other database systems.
A five-character SQLSTATE value. The values are specified by ANSI SQL and ODBC and are more standardized. Not all MySQL error numbers are mapped to SQLSTATE error codes.
A message string that provides a textual description of the error.
When an error occurs, you can access the MySQL error code, the SQLSTATE value, and the message string using C API functions:
MySQL error code: Call mysql_errno()
SQLSTATE value: Call mysql_sqlstate()
Error message: Call mysql_error()
Hope this was helpful.
Information about MYSQL Error Codes and Error Messages or Warnings on Windows, Linux Operating Systems.