[freetds] issues connecting with perl DBD::ODBC

Kulik, Scott SKulik at severstalna.com
Wed Jun 24 09:53:37 EDT 2009

Michael Higgins you are the man!  I was able to export LD_BIND_NOW=1 and
the script ran with no problems the first time!  I was also able to use
the DSN in my DBI connect statement:

my $dbh = DBI->connect('dbi:ODBC:PTT', 'user', 'pass', {PrintError =>

However, like you mentioned...if I wanted to set the environment
variable in the perl code I had to put in a BEGIN block like the

        $ENV{'PERL_DL_NONLAZY'} = 1;

This should probably be noted on the documentation pages since I assume
anyone running a similar linux such as redhat 3 will experience the same

Also, I did try removing the tabs from the odbc.ini but that didn't seem
to help.  Thanks for the suggestion there though.

Thanks again everyone!  I would have never figured that out by myself!

Scott K

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[mailto:freetds-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Michael Higgins
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [freetds] issues connecting with perl DBD::ODBC

On Tue, 23 Jun 2009 17:59:16 -0400
"Kulik, Scott" <SKulik at severstalna.com> wrote:

> If I try to use a format similar to:
> my
> =TREX;UID=_user;PWD=_pass";
> my $dbh = DBI->connect("dbi:ODBC:$DSN",'_user','_pass');
> like mentioned in the last response I always get a segmentation fault.

Sorry, I missed that.

Anyway, you may want to try doing this same kind of connect, but with
one of, however you want to set it:

export LD_BIND_NOW=1 



... which works with DBI if I just set %ENV in a BEGIN block. This
didn't work with DBIx-Class (though LD_BIND_NOW did if set outside the

If that makes a difference to the segfault (it does for me), then I
think maybe you can connect in any way. IOW, I think the problem,
whatever it is, is what causes the segfault. It is just a different
result of the same underlying problem, but things are in fact handled
differently depending on what is in the connect string.

I think there's some SQL_ERROR library that isn't available at connect,
but perhaps could be. When the library is preloaded, then you get normal
error responses, which prompts the right behaviour, a second attempt at
a SQL connect. This is mostly a guess, though, inferred from reading.

Finally, I just put /usr/lib/libtdsodbc.so in /etc/ld.so.preload ...
which may, or may not be right, or right for your distro, but hopefully
you see the point. I think there is something wrong in the library
linking from unixODBC to FreeTDS when called with DBD::ODBC. I know
squat about it... though I can say this above is what works for me.

Good luck!

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