How to access ODBC databases ?

Timothy Madden terminatorul at
Sun Sep 6 16:14:27 CEST 2009

Martin P. Hellwig wrote:
> Timothy Madden wrote:
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> [...]

> It has been a couple of years, but I remember vaguely that back in the 
> days of PossgreSQL 6, if you want ODBC support you needed to compile PG 
> a bit different then normal, I am not really sure what options those 
> where and if this still applies, I decided to not use ODBC because it 
> resulted in an undesirable effect somewhere else. Though I am not sure 
> if that is still the case.

Sorry to hear that. I think ODBC is an important step towards 
DBMS-independent applications, or even database applications portable 
over DBMSs.

Yes, I know, everyone says such applications are so far from reality 
that they are not worth any effort trying. I still consider that ODBC is 
  at least a step, and I am only sorry PostgreSQL has a poor ODBC driver 
(no large objects natively). Python also has a unified independent 
database interface with the DB API, and so does php and maybe other 

Thank you for your help,
Timothy Madden

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