[freetds] ODBC Connection problem

Lowden, James K james.k.lowden at alliancebernstein.com
Thu Sep 21 10:02:24 EDT 2006

> From: shiv kumar
> Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:07 AM
> I have installed the FreeTDS(0.63 ) and Unix ODBC(2.2.11) over our
> Solaris machine. When I tried to connect the SYBASE server using
> isql, it is throwing me the following error.  
> ask at logan:UODBC> cat ./etc/odbc*.ini
	The '*' makes it unclear what the real name of the file is, and 
	the relative path makes it unclear where it is.  

> [SASA]
> Driver          = FreeTDS
                    ^^^^^^^  No, should be the .so e.g.: 
  Driver          = /export/home/ask/TDS/lib/libtdsodbc.so

> Description             = Test Sybase Database with FreeTDS
> Trace           = No
> Server          =
> Port            = 4100
> TDS Version      = 5.0
     ^ should be TDS_Version, note underscore. 

> Database                 = shiv_1
> [FreeTDS]
> Description             = v0.63 with protocol v8.0
> Driver          = /export/home/ask/TDS/lib/libtdsodbc.so
> UsageCount              = 1

A TDSDUMP log would show any authentication problems.  If none is
created, it's because the driver wasn't called, which normally means
odbc.ini isn't set up correctly.  You can also verify your login with

> I have installed the FreeTDS in non roort directory i.e., not in
> /usr/local directory. Will this is a problem?

No.  The software doesn't care where it is or who owns it.  Normal
installation sets permissions correctly.  



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