Release date: 
Monday, 15 November, 2004



Authors/Port authors:

ODBC is an open specification for providing application developers with a predictable API with which to access Data Sources. Data Sources include SQL Servers and any Data Source with an ODBC Driver.

The two major advantages of choosing to code an application to the ODBC API are:

  • Portable Data Access Code

The ODBC API, as outlined by X/Open and ISO, is available on all major platforms. Microsoft platforms include many enhancements to this specification; these enhancements are also supported by unixODBC.

  • Dynamic Data Binding

This allows the user or the system administrator to easily configure an application to use any ODBC compliant data source. This is perhaps the single biggest advantage of coding an application to the ODBC API and to purchase these applications. Dyamic binding allows the end-user to pick a data source, ie an SQL Server, and use it for all data applications without having to worry about recompiling the application.

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. Run install.exe. See below for download link(s).

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

UnixODBC v. 1.0 (15/11/2004, Lorne Sunley) Readme/What's new
* * This is the read me file for the OS/2 distribution of the unixODBC * ODBC driver manager and driver set * The installation of the package establishes an environment variable that are used to locate the ODBC.INI and ODBCINST.INI files. These two files contain the configuration for the ODBC data sources (ODBC.INI) and the installed ODBC drivers (ODBCINST.INI). The environment variable that points to the directory containing these files is ODBC_PATH NOTE: the DB2 driver supplied with the OS/2 v7.(1/2) DB2 client requires the ODBC_PATH variable to locate the INI files. This driver uses its own access routines to read the INI file data rather than the routines supplied with the driver manager. Installation notes: The default ODBC_PATH is set to the \OS2 directory on the boot drive. This ensures that any existing DSN and driver configurations are preserved. If your existing ODBC installation uses some other location for the ODBC.INI and ODBCINST.INI files, you should set the ODBC_PATH variable to that directory to preserve existing configuration data. If the ODBC_PATH is set to some other directory any existing DSN and driver configuration will have to be set up with the uODBCadm.exe program. On disk structure: install-dir is the directory location specified for the installation. install-dir\BIN - contains the executable programs supplied with the kit install-dir\DLL - contains the driver manager DLL files install-dir\DRIVERS - contains the driver and driver setup DLL files install-dir\LIB - contains the link libraries required to build applications install-dir\INCLUDE - contains the C header files required to build applications The install-dir\DLL directory is added to the LIBPATH directive in the CONFIG.SYS The install-dir\BIN driectory is added to the PATH directive in the CONFIG.SYS The driver manager files supplied with the kit are: ODBC.dll - driver manager ODBC32.dll - driver manager (same as ODBC.dll) ODBCCP.dll - driver manager driver installation routines ODBCCR.dll - driver manager cursor library ODBCINST.dll - driver manager driver installation routines for QE drivers The database drivers supplied with the kit are: ODBCtxt.dll - text file driver for comma delimited ASCII text files (CSV) ODBCtxtS.dll - test driver setup routines ODBCdbf.dll - DBF file driver ODBCdbfS.dll - DBF driver setup routines The executable program files supplied with the kit are: uODBCadm.exe - data source administration program iSQL.exe - command line SQL execution utility odbcinst.exe - command line data source administration routine
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