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An open-source ODBC driver manager and SDK that facilitates the development of database-independent applications on linux, freebsd, unix and MacOS X platforms.

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#  (C) 1999 OpenLink Software Inc.
#  The iODBC driver manager.
#  This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
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1. iODBC driver manager platform availability

    iODBC driver manager has been ported to following Unix platforms: 

	SunOS		4.1.x		Sun Sparc
	HP/UX		9.x, 10.x	HP9000 s700/s800
	HP/UX		9.x 		HP9000 s300/s400		
	IBM AIX		3.x, 4.x 	IBM RS6000, PowerPC
	Sun Solaris	2.x		Sun Sparc, PCx86
	SGI Irix SVR4	5.x, 6.x	IP12 MIPS, IP22 MIPS
	NCR SVR4 	3.x		NCR 3435
	UnixWare SVR4.2 1.x, 2.x	x86
	DEC Unix(OSF/1)	3.x, 4.x	DEC Alpha
	FreeBSD		2.x		x86
	BSDI BSD/OS 	2.x		?
	Linux ELF 	1.2.x, 1.3.x	x86
	SCO OpenServer 	5.x 		x86
	Max/OS SVR4	1.x		Concurrent Maxion 9200 MP
	DG/UX		5.x		Aviion
	OpenVMS		6.x		DEC Alpha
	Windows NT	4.x		x86
    As the iODBC driver manager uses autoconf/automake/libtool it should
    be portable to most modern UNIX platforms out of the box. However if
    you do need to make changes to the code or the configuration files,
    we would appreciate you share your changes with the rest of the
    internet community by mailing your patches to
    so we can include them for the next build

    Porting of iODBC driver manager to some non-UNIX operating systems
    such as Windows family(3.x, 95, NT), OS/2 and Mac is supported but has
    not been compiled and tested recently. Of cause, you need to supply
    a make/build file and a short LibMain for creating the iodbc.dll.

2. How to build iODBC driver manager:

    step 1. Run configure to adjust to target platform
    step 2. Run make
    step 3. Run make install
    Here is an example:

   	$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --with-iodbc-inidir=/etc
	$ make
	$ su
	# make install

    The configure program will examine your system for various compiler
    flags, system options etc. In some cases extra flags need to be
    added for the C compiler to work properly.

    E.g. on HP systems you may need:

	$ CFLAGS="-Ae -O" ./configure --prefix=/usr/local ..........

    Note that the path of the system wide odbc.ini file is calculated as 
    follows (based on flags to ./configure):

   	no --prefix			default is /usr/local/etc/odbc.ini 
	--prefix=/usr			/etc/odbc.ini
	--prefix=/xxx/yyy		/xxx/yyy/etc/odbc.ini
	--sysconfdir=/xxx/yyy		/xxx/yyy/odbc.ini
	--with-iodbc-inidir=/xxx/yyy	/xxx/yyy/odbc.ini

3. odbc.ini

    Driver manager and drivers use odbc.ini file or connection string
    when establishing a data source connection. On Windows, odbc.ini is
    located in Windows directory. 
    On UNIX, the iODBC driver manager looks for the odbc.ini file in the
    following sequence:

	1. check environment variable ODBCINI 

	2. check $HOME/.odbc.ini

	3. check home in /etc/passwd and try .odbc.ini in there

	4. system wide odbc.ini (settable at configuration time)

    Item 1 is the easiest as most drivers will also look at this variable.

    The format of odbc.ini( or ~/.odbc.ini ) is defined as:

	odbc.ini	  ::= data_source_list

	data_source_list  ::= /* empty */
			   | data_source '\n' data_source_list

	data_source	  ::= '[' data_source_name ']' '\n' data_source_desc

	data_source_name  ::= 'default' | [A-Za-z]*[A-Za-z0-9_]*

	data_source_desc  ::= /* empty */
			   | attrib_desc '\n' data_source_desc

	addrib_desc	  ::= Attrib '=' attrib_value

	Attrib		  ::= 'Driver' | 'PID' | 'UID' | driver_def_attrib

	driver_def_attrib ::= [A-Za-z]*[A-Za-z0-9_]*

    An example of an odbc.ini file:

	;  odbc.ini
	[ODBC Data Sources]
	Myodbc		= Myodbc
	Sample		= OpenLink Generic ODBC Driver
	Virtuoso	= Virtuoso

	Driver          = /usr/local/openlink/lib/
	Description     = Sample OpenLink DSN
	Host            = localhost
	UserName        = openlink
	Password        = xxxx
	ServerType      = Oracle 8
	Database        = 
	FetchBufferSize = 99
	ReadOnly        = no
	TraceFile       = /tmp/odbc.trace
	Trace           = 1

	Driver		= /usr/local/virtuoso/lib/
	Address		= localhost:1112
	Database	= Demo

	Driver 		= /home/patrick/src/iODBC/new/myodbc/
	HOST   		= localhost

	Driver 		= /usr/local/openlink/lib/

4. Tracing

    iODBC driver manager traces driver's ODBC call invoked by the driver
    manager. Default tracing file is ./odbc.log. Tracing option (i.e.
    on/off or optional tracing file name) can be set in odbc.ini file
    (under a data source section) as:

	TraceFile = <optional_trace_file>
	Trace = ON | On | on | 1 | OFF | Off | off | 0

    If <optional_trace_file> is stderr or stdout, i.e.
        TraceFile = stderr 

	TraceFile = stdout

    the tracing message will go to the terminal screen (if it is available).

    iODBC driver manager allows one to tune on/off tracing on selected
    connection(s). Different connections can share one or use different
    tracing file(s). ODBC calls on connections without tuning tracing
    on will not be traced.

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