Open Database Connectivity

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An ODBC engine needs drivers to be able to interact with databases.

ODBC engines

You have two options to chose from. Apparently unixODBC is more widely supported.

unixODBC

Installation

# pacman -S unixodbc

Configuration

At /etc/odbcinst.ini is where drivers are declared, and /etc/odbc.ini where connections. More instruction at each driver section.

iODBC

...

Drivers

FreeTDS

FreeTDS is a set of libraries for Unix and Linux that allows your programs to natively talk to Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase databases. Technically speaking, FreeTDS is an open source implementation of the TDS (Tabular Data Stream) protocol used by these databases for their own clients.

Installation

pacman -S freetds

Configuration

/etc/odbcinst.ini

[FreeTDS]
Driver          = /usr/lib/libtdsodbc.so 
UsageCount      = 1 

Databases

Microsoft SQL Server 2000

/etc/odbc.ini

[server_name]
Driver      = FreeTDS
#Trace       = Yes
#TraceFile   = /tmp/odbc
Servername  = server_name
Database    = database_name

/etc/freetds/freetds.conf

[server_name]
host = 192.168.0.2 # Host name or IP address.
port = 1433 # Default port.
tds version = 7.1
client charset = UTF-8