[unixODBC-dev] text driver disappeared from 2.2.13/14 ???

Jon Pounder pounder at inline.net
Tue Nov 25 20:06:05 GMT 2008

Peter Harvey wrote:

Is there any interest in including a webmin odbc management module ?
There is one now but the current release is just completely broken - 
developer admits somehow the write to file code just disappeared. I 
intend on fixing it for our internal use, but if it helps create more 
odbc awareness on unix I don't mind sharing.

> The issue of removing drivers from the driver manager was briefly 
> discussed on the development list and I would guess that other than the 
> text driver the split would benefit linux distributors. Some grief has 
> been caused by packaging drivers with unixODBC which are really 
> maintained in a different source code control systems. Perhaps the 
> differentiation between them should in deed be that - drivers where the 
> definitive source is unixODBC can be distributed with unixODBC and those 
> where the source is held elsewhere should be distributed from their 
> primary source.
> As I recall... I pushed to have some drivers in unixODBC in the early days
> since a more complete package was needed to get things moving along. In part
> for development (including testing and packaging) and in part for User
> acceptance. I it is not needed as much anymore and I have been a fan of
> removing them from unixODBC (core at least) for sometime. I have an
> intention to start a new project (its actually started but not in
> sourceforge yet) to compliment unixODBC by providing the GUI bits - which
> can go through more frequent releases. Another project still could be a
> file-based driver set including the txt driver. There is also cruft in there
> that could just get removed. So - IMHO - unixODBC should eventually be just
> the DM, include files for ODBC development and perhaps a testing framework.
> In the end I defer to Nick - I just think we need to get some bits through
> more release cycles while cleaning out cruft (the latter being pretty much a
> serious of experiments that I have carried out).
> --
> Peter
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