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     bsqlodbc — batch SQL script processor using ODBC


     bsqlodbc [-hqv] [-U username] [-P password] [-S server] [-D database] [-i input_file]
              [-o output_file] [-e error_file] [-t field_term] [-V odbc_version]


     bsqlodbc is a utility program distributed with FreeTDS.

     bsqlodbc is a non-interactive equivalent of the ‘isql’ utility programs distributed by
     Sybase and Microsoft. Like them, bsqlodbc uses the command ‘go’ on a line by itself as a
     separator between batches. The last batch need not be followed by ‘go’.

     bsqlodbc makes use of the ODBC API provided by FreeTDS. This API is of course also available
     to application developers.


     -U username
             Database server login name.

     -P password
             Database server password.

     -S server
             Database server to which to connect.

     -D database
             Database to use.

     -i input_file
             Name of script file, containing SQL.

     -o output_file
             Name of output file, holding result data.

     -e error_file
             Name of file for errors.

     -t field_term
             Specifies the field terminator. Default is two spaces ( ‘  ’ ). Recognized escape
             sequences are tab ( ‘\t’ ), carriage return ( ‘\r’ ), newline ( ‘\n’ ), and
             backslash ( ‘\\’ ).

     -h      Print column headers with the data to the same file.

     -q      Do not print column metadata, return status, or rowcount. Overrides -h.

     -v      Verbose mode, for more information about the ODBC interaction.  This also reports
             the result set metadata, including and return code. All verbose data are written to
             standard error (or -e), so as not to interfere with the data stream.

     -V odbc_version
             Specify ODBC version (2 or 3).


     bsqlodbc is a filter; it reads from standard input, writes to standard output, and writes
     errors to standard error. The -i, -o, and -e options override these defaults.


     bsqlodbc exits 0 on success, and >0 if the server cannot process the query.


     bsqlodbc first appeared in FreeTDS 0.65.


     The bsqlodbc utility was written by James K. Lowden <>.