[freetds] basic install OK but can't get PHP to work

Lowden, James K james.k.lowden at alliancebernstein.com
Thu Jul 27 09:23:52 EDT 2006

> From: kenn
> Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 9:12 AM
> I'm attempting to install freetds on my Debian 3.1 (sarge).  Using
> apt-get, I've installed freetds and configured freetds.conf with:
> [psi]
>      host =
>      tds version = 7.0
> I can connect using sqsh, so I think I'm okay so far.

Yes, that's right.  

> Then I installed php4-odbc but have not been successful connecting
> I get the following error:
> we are trying to connect Warning: odbc_connect(): SQL error:
> [unixODBC][Driver Manager]Data source name not found, and no default
> driver specified, SQL state IM002 in SQLConnect in
> on line 6 couldn't connect

PHP is using FreeTDS's ODBC driver and the Driver Manager, unixODBC,
can't find the server.  It looks like your odbc.ini isn't correct.  If
so, isql won't work either.  

In case it matters, you might not need ODBC.  There is a PHP mssql
extension that works with FreeTDS and does not use ODBC.  (It uses



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