Encoding shows up in Ruby 1.9 as part of the multibyte change made to
String. That said, Rails 2.3.4 does make reference to Encoding::UTF_8
but those references are conditional. If you look at
you'll see the gory details.
I can run db:seed with Ruby1.8.7/Rails2.3.4 with no problem.
ruby --version =>
ruby 1.8.7 (2009-06-08 patchlevel 173) [powerpc-darwin9.7.0]
rails --version => Rails 2.3.4
gem list mysql => mysql (2.8.1)
mysql --version =>
mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.1.39, for apple-darwin9.5.0 (powerpc)
using readline 5.1
Page.create(:title => "It's all about the pie...",
:body => "Welcome to Journeys")