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NAME

     osql — utility to test FreeTDS connections and queries

SYNOPSIS

     osql -S dsn -U username -P password [-I ini_directory]

DESCRIPTION

     osql is a diagnostic tool provided as part of FreeTDS. It is a Bourne shell script that
     checks and reports on your configuration files. If everything checks out OK, it invokes
     isql.

     osql works only with the isql that comes with unixODBC.

OPTIONS

     -S dsn  the Data Source Name to which to connect, as known to odbc.ini.

     -U username
             database login name.

     -P password
             database password.

     -I ini_dir
             override odbc.ini file location.

EXAMPLE

     If you have an odbc.ini with a section like this:

           [myDSN]
           servername = myserver
           TDS_Version = 5.0

     You would invoke osql as:

     osql -S myDSN [...]

FILES

     odbc.ini freetds.conf

NOTES

     If you can connect with ‘osql -S servername -U user -P passwd’, your FreeTDS ODBC
     installation is working.

     osql guesses where unixODBC might look for its odbc.ini by examining the binary. This is not
     always an effective approach. If it doesn't work, you'll receive a report of candidate
     strings. Kindly pass along the output to help improve the guessing.

     If osql cannot intuit your odbc.ini directory, you can force the issue with the -I option.
     However, you're then instructing osql what to test, not where unixODBC will eventually look.
     Your override is therefore only as good as you are. Look carefully at the error output
     before overriding.

     If you have suggestions for ways to make osql more useful as a diagnostic tool, please post
     them to the FreeTDS mailing list.

HISTORY

     osql first appeared in FreeTDS 0.65.

AUTHORS

     The osql utility was written by James K. Lowden.