[freetds] Re: FreeTDS on Mac OS X 10.3.3

Pete Prodoehl pete.prodoehl at cygnusinteractive.com
Tue Jun 8 12:31:22 EDT 2004

I've been checking in on Mac OS ODBC drivers every now and then for the 
last five years or so, mainly with the idea that *occasionally* I need 
to access an MS SQL server from a Mac. Once Mac OS X came around this 
was easier, because Java-based apps could use a JDBC driver, so that 
solved a few problems, but for code I wanted to write in Perl, wouldn't do.

Luckily FreeTDS really works well for what I need, and it's pretty easy 
to move things from Mac OS X to Linux, so we're able to get off our 
reliance of Windows servers for some things.

Still, a reasonably priced ODBC driver for the Mac, for users with the 
*occasional use* problem would be helpful.


Doug Norton wrote:
> I suppose that if you are only an occasional user then you may not want to
> pay $29 for an ODBC driver.  I just don't have the bandwidth to do what
> Actual does.
> Personally I think Actual drivers are a great use of open source software.
> The only other real single tier driver for OS X and MS SQL is done by
> OpenLink and they are charging $495 for their driver.
> -doug
> on 6/7/04 10:09 AM, Mike Galban at MGalban at Merion.com wrote:
>>I did get the Actual drivers working (in demo mode), but in my mind, that
>>defeats the purpose of an open source project such as FreeTDS. I don't want
>>to have to pay licensing fees for a driver that will be used only
>>occasionally on quite a few machines. I will if it comes to that, but
>>FreeTDS seemed to be what I was looking for.
>>>Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 14:10:39 -0400
>>>From: Doug Norton <dougn at AgileEnterprise.com>
>>>Subject: Re: [freetds] FreeTDS on Mac OS X 10.3.3
>>>To: <freetds at lists.ibiblio.org>
>>>Message-ID: <BCE6335F.179F3%dougn at AgileEnterprise.com>
>>>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
>>>I had similar problems and finally cried "uncle".  Now I let someone else do
>>>the work... Check this out.
>>>Hope this helps.
>>>>Hello all,
>>>>I'm new to FreeTDS and ODBC in general but am very interested in getting it
>>>>work properly. So far I've been able to build and install on OS X 10.3.3
>>>>the guides and helpful hints from the archives. Using tsql I've connected to
>>>>and queried my company's MSSQL db and have gotten back the desired results.
>>>>One thing that I haven't gotten to work is the building of the ODBC driver,
>>>>least that's what I can only assume. Looking for libtdsodbc.so in
>>>>/usr/local/freetds/lib turns up nothing. I can't find it anywhere. I do have
>>>>several .a .la and .dylib files in /usr/local/freetds/lib. Should I be
>>>>pointing to one of the these files as the driver? Any help is greatly
>>>Doug Norton
>>>Agile Enterprise, Inc
>>>Nashua, NH  03063

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