Packaging FreeTDS for Debian

Andreas Tille tillea at
Tue Dec 21 08:21:29 EST 1999


when I announced to build a Debian-Package from FreeTDS-JDBC I was
asked to do it with FreeTDS as well.  No I'll possibly use it
myself and I'm considering to package it.

Now I have some questions:

1) What is the purpose of the file


   I tried to check the sources but didn't found a place, where it
   is really needed.
   The reason for this is that it conflicts with the Debian policy
   for placing files.  If it is really needed it should go anywhere
   under /usr/share (because it is a plain ASCII-file and so it
   is architecture independent).  I'd like to suggest to place it
   and I'd like to know, if this change would require any changes to
   the source.
   May be you could think about such kind of location for your
   distribution or you could make the location configurable at
   compile time.

2) *How* usable is the ODBC driver.  While reading the README file,
   I wonder if this should/could go into a Debian package.  However,
   ODBC would be the real clue in the FreeTDS package.

3) I was not able to run the samples from the samples dircetory.
   It would be really helpfull for me if someone could give me a
   hint, what to fill into the connection data.  I run FreeTDS-JDBC
   successfully and perhaps somebody could tell me what I have to
   write in the configuration section of the three examples, if
   I could successfully access my database with the following


       String url      = "jdbc:freetds://sql03/db";
       String user     = "TestUser" ;
       String password = "password";

       Connection cx  = DriverManager.getConnection(url, user, password);

   I have certain problems with the items I have to fill in the
   C files.

Kind regards


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