[freetds] MSSQL on AIX 5.1

Rafi Sheikh Rafi.Sheikh at Ingenix.com
Mon Jun 28 17:03:33 EDT 2004

I found this in the link:http://www.freetds.org/userguide/config.htm
ODBC Preparation

If you intend to build the FreeTDS ODBC driver - and want to use a Driver
Manager (DM), as most people do - install the Driver Manager before
configuring FreeTDS. configure will detect the the DM and use its header
(.h) files for ODBC constants and such. If your DM is installed in an
unusual directory, you may have to provide the directory name as a parameter
to configure.

FreeTDS doesn't require a DM. You can build the ODBC driver without one, as
long as you have the requisite header files: sql.h, sqlext.h and sqltypes.h.
These can be taken from either the iODBC or UnixODBC distributions. Put them
wherever you like (e.g., /usr/local/include). Because FreeTDS won't detect
your (missing) DM, it won't automatically build the ODBC driver, so you'll
have to tell configure what to do and where to look. Cf. --with-odbc-nodm .

QUESTION: Does this mean I need an ODBC driver?  I thought I do not need one
(trying to compile PHP --with-mssql (using FreeTDS to connect to mssql)).
The more I read the more I am confused, certainly my lack of
understanding...any plain english help is deeply appreciated!

Do I need the driver?  If yes, where do I get it?

(I hate to look and sound like an idiot...can't help in 'look' side but
would want to rectify the 'sound' part of it)


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