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According to the MSDN page for PDO::setAttribute, PDO::SQLSRV_ENCODING_UTF8 is the default value, so setting it explicitly probably wouldn't change the behavior. Try the other option, PDO::SQLSRV_ENCODING_SYSTEM, which seems to have worked in this case from the MSDN forums: Some characters improperly retrieved through PDO driver.


Yes, you are right. Memory is used by dormant databases I mentioned this in the following posts over the years Nov 13, 2015 : #1041 - Out of memory issue in mysql Apr 22, 2014 : Do Inactive MySQL Databases Consume Memory? Apr 21, 2014 : Adding new tables -- memory usage increases Lots of tables ? Lots of columns ? Of course, that is less memory for ...

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