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       odbcinst - command line tool for batch ODBC configuration


       odbcinst action object options

       action is one of

              -i     install a driver or data source

              -u     uninstall a driver or data source

              -q     query a list of drivers or data sources present on the system

                     shows the version number of the program

       object is one of

              -d     an ODBC driver in /etc/odbcinst.ini

              -s     an ODBC Data Source Name (DSN) in an odbc.ini file.

       options are zero or more of

              -f template file
                     Used with -i, this option specifies a template file containing the driver or
                     DSN to be installed.

              -r     Read the template from standard input.

              -n Driver/Data Source Name
                     Used with -u to specify a driver or DSN to remove.

              -v     Contrary to standard practice, this turns off verbose output;  there  is  no
                     output, even for errors.

              -l     The specified Data Source object is a System DSN, in /etc/odbc.ini.

              -h     The  specified  Data  Source  object  is  a  User DSN, in the current user's
                     $HOME/.odbc.ini.  This is the default with -s.


       odbcinst updates the configuration files that control ODBC access to database  servers  on
       the  current  host.   It  also  maintains  in  /etc/odbcinst.ini  a count of the number of
       references to a particular driver, which can be used to determine  whether  it  should  be
       removed from the file (only when the reference count drops to 0).

       Drivers and DSNs are installed using the -i option.

       If  the  object  to  be  installed  is  a  driver  (-d),  the specified driver is added to
       /etc/odbcinst.ini or its reference count is incremented if it is already there.

       If the object is a data source (-s), the data source is added either to /etc/odbc.ini  (if
       -l is used) or to $HOME/.odbc.ini (the default, which can also be specified with -h).

       Uninstalling  a  driver  is  done  with  the  command  odbcinst  -u  -d  -n   driver name.
       Uninstalling a DSN is done with  the  command  odbcinst  -u  -s  -n    data  source  name.
       Uninstalling  causes the reference count on the object to be decremented.  If nothing else
       has requested this driver or DSN (i.e., the reference count drops to zero), it is  removed
       from the config file.

       The options -l and -h are used with -s to specify which odbc.ini file to configure.

       The  command  odbcinst  -q  -d returns a list of all drivers present in /etc/odbcinst.ini.
       The command odbcinst -q -s returns a list of all system and user DSNs available.


       0      Success



       A typical driver template looks like this:
               Description     = MySQL driver
               Driver          = /usr/lib/odbc/
               Setup           = /usr/lib/odbc/

       A DSN template looks like this:
               [Sample DSN]
               Description         = Test MySQL connection
               Driver              = MySQL
               Trace               = Yes
               TraceFile           = /tmp/odbc.log
               Database            = junk
               Server              = localhost
               Port                = 3306
               Socket              =

       The Description and Driver fields should be present  in  all  DSN  configurations.   Other
       options  are  driver-specific;  consult  your  ODBC  driver's  documentation for a list of
       allowed options,  or  see  ODBCConfig(1)  for  a  graphical  tool  that  can  be  used  to
       interactively set up a DSN or driver the first time.


       /etc/odbcinst.ini, /etc/odbc.ini, $HOME/.odbc.ini


       This  manual  page  was  written  by  Oliver  Elphick <> and Steve Langasek
       <> for the Debian package of unixODBC.


       ODBCConfig(1), gODBCConfig(1)