Additional character sets may be configured into MySQL if they don't require multi-byte character support or string collating routines. Adding a character set through configuration requires the following steps:
Add the new character set to the file sql/share/charsets/Index 
Create the configuration file for the new character set in sql/share/charsets.
Edit your configure.in file to include the character set in the next compile.
In this example, we will add a special character set called elvish. We first need to add it to the character set index file. The file looks like this:
$ cat sql/share/charsets/Index # sql/share/charsets/Index # # This file lists all of the available character sets. Please keep this # file sorted by character set number. big5 1 czech 2 dec8 3 . . . latin5 30 latin1_de 31
To add a new character set, simply add the character set to the end of the file with a unique index:
latin5 30 latin1_de 31 elvish 32
The next step is to create a configuration file in sql/share/charsets for your character set. You can base it on sql/share/charsets/latin1.conf.
$ cd sql/share/charsets $ cp latin1.conf elvish.conf $ vi elvish.conf
There are four
definitions in the configuration file. You need to edit each of these
arrays to configure your character set. A
# in the
configuration file indicates a comment.
array defines the features of each character in the character set. It consists of 257 hexadecimal words. Each ...