help - inserting values into database tables

chajadan python at
Tue Feb 19 00:57:07 EST 2002

Hi Joe =)

Your problem shouldn't be too hard to fix.

Using odbc, you can't open the database file directly like that, since odbc 
supports so many different database standards, it needs to know which one.

This requires a DNS. In order to set up a DNS for MS Access, just go to 
your control panel, and you should have an option called "OBDC Datasources" 
or similar. Click that, and it will show you your current DSNs. There are 
several types of DSNs, but you will want to make this file a System DSN, so 
click that tab. Select New, and choose the correct database driver, in this 
case MS Access. Then you have to name the DSN, anything you'd like (avoid 
spaces), chose a login/password or leave that blank, and finally show it 
the database file this whole DSN should be referring to.

Then, you can odbc.odbc("myDsnName")


Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll try to help. I work on 
Win98, so some of what I described may look slightly different under XP, 
but it should be there.

Good luck!

aka charlie

At 06:35 PM 2/18/02 -0600, you wrote:

>Hi again,
>Just wondering if you can help?
>I installed the python ver 2.0(from CD)for windowsX on a windows98
>system.  Then I installed the windows32all stuff.
>So are the dbi and the odbc modules should now be installed
>on my system now, or do I need some other package ??????
>It seems I can import the dbi then the odbc with no errors...
>But my simple script below won't run; has an error that I
>don't understand ???????
>I am running from the command line, heres my environ stuff
>******* Do I need to put in another path to Lib ?????
>******** Heres the error I get upon running from prompt
>Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "", line 8, in ?
>     conn = odbc.odbc("c:\\codepy\\Manufacturers.mdb")
>dbi.operation-error: [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not
>found and no default driver specified in LOGIN
>The Manufacturers.mdb is the ms-access database of ver office XP
>2002.  It is just a small database with a small table in it.
>Very simple kind.  The file is in that codepy directory also.
>So I don't understand ?????????????????
>What is DSN, does it allow for a ms-access file??????????
>Well anyways heres my test database connection script, I am
>just trying to connect and print some output from the database.
>I think I am doing this correct but not sure ??????????
>The script: listing
>#! /usr/bin/env python    #not needed for windowspython
>#test script to connect to a ms-access database
>import dbi
>import odbc
>conn = odbc.odbc("c:\\codepy\\Manufacturers.mdb")
>rs = conn.cursor()
>rs.execute("select * from ManufName")
>print rs.description
>Can you shine any light my way ???????????
>Thank you (working on a windows system today(UGH...)),
>Joe F.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: chajadan <python at>
>Newsgroups: comp.lang.python
>Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 2:34 PM
>Subject: Re: help - inserting values into database tables
> > I always use PythonWin, part of the win32all distribution. It's a
> > color-coded ide, with a basic syntax check, and has one nifty advantage
> > over any other input editor I've tried: when you call a function, it takes
> > the document strings and actually gives you a little note about what kind
> > of input it's expecting!
> >
> > So all in all it should be the same thing as it ever was, but now in the
> > environment your particular task seems to ask for. The only "new" things
> > will be the other possible windows-only features you might want to learn
> > and use in your time on windows.
> >
> > Happy computing!
> >
> > --chajadan
> >
> > At 08:15 AM 2/18/02 -0600, mylinuxboxroot wrote:
> > >Hey thanks,
> > >This is great, and I have the project now that it will be developed on a
> > >windows
> > >server so I guess I don't need to worry about going from linux to the
> > >MS-Access
> > >database.  I will develop it right on the server using the win32all
> > >distribution that

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