[freetds] MS publish TDS spec

ZIGLIO, Frediano, VF-IT Frediano.Ziglio at vodafone.com
Wed Apr 23 05:44:04 EDT 2008

> graham thwaites wrote:
> > See http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc448435.aspx
> Whoo hoo!  Thanks for the tip!  
> I asked Microsoft for TDS documentation years ago and was 
> eventually told
> they wouldn't release it because they didn't want to maintain 
> or support
> it.  I guess that's one difference between me and European Union.  
> I read MS-TDS (and MC-SMP) today.  There are some dribbles of 
> information
> we didn't have, particularly about SQL Server 2005.  There 
> are also some
> odd gaps.  For instance, there's almost nothing about bcp and 
> not enough
> about cancellation. 

Are we sure we can read these documentation? Is there any legal guru?

> One more example.  I noticed the OFFSET packet type.  I 
> didn't remember
> it, and there's no support (or documenation) for it in 
> FreeTDS.  I scanned
> the whole document for "offset" but was unable to answer this 
> question:
> How do you cause the server to return an OFFSET packet?   
> Please tell me
> if I missed it.  

I think something like SET FORMATONLY ON...

> Complaints notwithstanding, this is excellent news.  If they 
> keep it up to
> date, we'll finally have definitive information from the vendor about
> changes to the protocol.  



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