[freetds] Access Sybase by using unixODBC & freetds?

Lowden, James K LowdenJK at bernstein.com
Tue Sep 28 11:30:31 EDT 2004

> > > From: jun_chen at bankone.com
> > > Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 11:52 AM
> > > ...
> > > But isql -v visdb <username> <password> always failed with the
> > following 
> > > error:
> > > [unixODBC][FreeTDS][SQL Server]Unable to connect to data source 
> > > [unixODBC][FreeTDS][SQL Server]Login incorrect. 
> > > [unixODBC][FreeTDS][SQL Server]ASA Error -83: Specified database
> > found
> > > [ISQL]ERROR: Could not SQLConnect
> > 
> > http://www.freetds.org/userguide/freetdsconf.htm#FTN.AEN763
> > 
> > You will not be able to connect to an ASA server unless you use the
> > freetds.conf file, and the [dataserver] name matches the name of the
> > database you wish to use. 
> > 
> From: jun_chen at bankone.com
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2004 8:22 AM
> Here is the entry for the Sybase database in my odbc.ini
> Driver          = TDS
> Description     = SAN Point Sybase DB
> Servername      = VISDB
> Here is the entry from freetds.conf:
>         host =
>         port = 2638
>         tds version = 5.0
> Is there anything wrong with those configurations?


Re-reading this thread, it's clear your freetds.conf must be OK, because
you can connect with "tsql -S".  Therefore, the problem likely lies with
your odbc.ini.  

The odbc.ini section you quoted looks OK to me.  Do unixODBC and FreeTDS
use the same PREFIX option (are they installed in the same tree)?  

I would set TDSDUMP and TDSDUMPCONFIG, and see if your freetds.conf is
actually being used when you start isql.  If the output doesn't make the
problem apparent, post it here.  


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