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Wire compression (WireCompression = true in firebird.conf at client side ) is not working on some older Windows hosts (Win10 1803, Win7). A workaround is to download and install MSVC++ 2010 redistributable package. FB 4 installer contains VC2017 runtime, but wire compression (zlib1.dll ?) is probably still tied to the older version.
Remote TCP connections fail instantly:
isql -user sysdba -password masterkey testhost:employee
Statement failed, SQLSTATE = 08006
Error reading data from the connection.
Local TCP connect succeeds, but it's wire compression is not active, probably because compression fails sooner, already at the client side.
Btw., I'm not sure whether Win XP are still supported, but my attempts to test FB4 Beta1 on them failed. First problem was in installation, which in it's final part displayed several error messages "This application has failed to start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll was not found.". But even when I fixed it by installation of another MSVC runtime (2015) and the installation completed, I was unable to connect from isql to employee database, FB log file says "Could not find acceptable ICU library".
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Thanks Vlad, I downloaded snapshot build 184.108.40.2065 and now I succesfully connect with wire compression turned on, so this issue seems to be fixed.
As for the Win XP, I wasn't able to find suitable ICU library or install it properly. Version 58.2 does not offer 32 bit binaries and when I used older versions (I tried 57 and 52 from FB3 install) and copied these dlls into FB4 root directory, FB complains about incomplete installation. But that's not relevant now and I´m not all that much interested in Win XP anyway.