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       isql -- Firebird Interactive SQL shell


       isql [-a] [-cache number] [-database path] [-echo] [-input file] [-merge_stderr]
       [-noautocommit] [-nowarnings] [-output file] [-password string] [-page number] [-role
       string] [-s number] [-terminator string] [-user name] [-x] [-z]


       isql is a program that allows the user to issue arbitrary SQL commands as well as
       exctacting the metadata.

       isql in Debian is available under the isql-fb name due to filename conflict with an
       executable from another package.


       isql can handle various command line options. Most options can be abbreviated. Below are
       given the shortest abbreviations as well as the full versions.

       -a  Extract DDL (Data definition language) statements necessary to re-create database's
           structure, triggers and other metadata. The "CREATE DATABASE" statement is in a
           comment. Statements are printed to standard output unless -output is used. See also

       -c buffers
       -cache number
           Specify default size of the buffers to be used in database pages.

       -d path
       -database path
           Specifies target database name when extracting the metadata with the -extract option.

           Prints each statement before executing it.

           Extracts DDL statements to recreate database metadata.

           If no -database option is given, -extract behaves exactly as -a. If -database is
           given, the "CREATE DATABASE" statement is not commented and the database name is
           replaced with path.

       -i file
       -input file
           Reads commands from file instead of standard input. Exits with commit after the last

           Merges standard error to standard output. Useful for redirecting both streams.

           Normally, all DDL statements like "CREATE TABLE" are automatically committed in a
           separate transaction. This option disables the automatic commit of DDL statements.

           Disables displaying of SQL warnings.

       -o file
       -output file
           All output is redirected to the given file.

       -page number
       -pagelength number
           Prints column headers every number output lines. Default is 20.

       -pas string
       -password string
           Uses given password as a default when connecting to databases.

       -r string
       -role string
           Uses given SQL role as a default when connecting to databases.

       -s number
       -sqldialect number
           Uses given SQL dialect as a default when connecting to databases. The default is 1.

       -t string
       -terminator string
           Set command line terminator. Default is semicolon ";".

       -u string
       -user string
           Uses given user name as a default when connecting to databases.

       -z  Prints program version string before doing anything else. Prints server version after
           connecting to a database.


           Default value for the -user option.

           Default value for the -role option.

           Default value for the -password option.


       gbak(1), gfix(1), fbstat(1).

       Additional documentation about Firebird can be found on the Firebird Project website,


       This manual page was written by Damyan Ivanov for the Debian project.
       Permission is granted to use this document, with or without modifications, provided that
       this notice is retained. If we meet some day, and you think this stuff is worth it, you
       can buy me a beer in return.