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Date:      Wed, 24 Feb 1999 11:56:16 -0000
From:      "Peter McGarvey" <Networks.Manager@rncm.ac.uk>
To:        "FreeBSD Questions" <FreeBSD-Questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Q: FreeBSD -> SQL Server with ODBC
Message-ID:  <000001be5fec$af1d34c0$24603fc1@brick.it-dept.rncm.ac.uk>

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Okay, I've got a little 486SX running FreeBSD 2.2.5 which has so far managed
to blow the socks of a P233 running WindowsNT.  The Windows NT machine is
used to run the college webserver, and is unbeleivably slow and flaky.  The
FreeBSD box is something I'm playing with at home, and is marginally faster
than the NT machine - it's also rock solid.

My plan is to ditch Windows NT and replace it with FreeBSD.  Okay, so I
won't have a fancy GUI but at least I won't have to stroll accross the
office every time I want to tweak a setting.  Besides, I've never did
understand why a server needs to use 90% of it's resources just to give the
administrator a nice screen to look at when it craps out.

Unfortunately, my master plan has hit a slight snag.  You see in order to
get away with it  everything has to seemingly work like it did before.  This
oviously gave rise to some problems.  Most of these probelms were easily
solved.  However one remains....


We also have another NT machine running SQL Server.  The current WebServer
is able to query the SQL server via ODBC using a perl module (WIN32::ODBC).
So, I need to access the SQL Server in a similar manner.  I did some looking
around and came to the conclusion that ODBC on FreeBSD was indeed possible.
Having previously installed Perl5, I downloaded and attempted to install the
following perl modules:

	DBI-1.06.tar.gz
	DBD-ODBC-0.20.tar.gz

The first installed okay, the second started moaning about driver managers
and drivers.

I'm new-ish to FreeBSD and to unix and unfortunately I'm at the limit of my
knowlege.

Can some kind person take pity and give me some help?


T.I.A.


TTFN, FNORD

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