[freetds] Setting for returned column size in FreeTDS?

Lowden, James K james.k.lowden at alliancebernstein.com
Fri Aug 18 11:46:13 EDT 2006

> From: Ken Tozier
> Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 9:44 AM
> On Aug 18, 2006, at 5:27 AM, Daniel Fazekas wrote:
> > On Aug 18, 2006, at 6:47, Ken Tozier wrote:
> >> I already set all copies on freetds.conf on our server to use
> >> [MyServer2k]
> >> 	host = <correct domain here>
> >> 	port = 1433
> >> 	tds version = 8.0
> >
> > Have you confirmed that you are calling php's connection function,
> > eg. mssql_connect(), with 'MyServer2k' as the first parameter?
> > If not, your settings here are just being ignored as something
> > which only applies to another server.
> I wasn't using symbolic name,'MyServer2k' I was using the actual
> host url. Will test, thanks

Ah, that's the problem then.  Maybe FreeTDS should come with a warning
label: "Use as directed".  ;-)

FreeTDS looks up the name you provide in its configuration files,
starting with freetds.conf.  It looks it up by what the documentation
calls the "dataserver" name e.g. 'MyServer2k', above.  If you provide a
hostname instead, that's considered an error.  

In the event the provided name is not found, the library will attempt to
make the connection anyway using DNS name resolution or, in a last
desperate attempt, it will try to convert it to an ip address.  At that
point, though, it's no longer looking at your configuration files; any
connection made that way will rely on built-in defaults or environment

You can prove this all to yourself using tsql.  Try:

	$ TDSDUMPCONFIG=stdout tsql -S dataserver -Ux -Px

and compare with

	$ TDSDUMPCONFIG=stdout tsql -S hostname -Ux -Px

In the first case you should see something like this:

config.c:393:Got a match.
config.c:413:option = 'host' value = '<correct domain here>'.
config.c:440:Found host entry <correct domain here>.
config.c:443:IP addr is <correct address here>.
config.c:413:option = 'port' value = '1433'.
config.c:413:option = 'tds version' value = '8.0'.

In the second case you won't see that and are likely to see something

	config.c:974:Setting 'ip_port' to 1433 as a guess.




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