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Mon, 05 Feb 2018

Command History in isql

To maximise compatibility with Linux systems, the unixODBC Driver Manager that's distributed with Easysoft ODBC drivers is not built with readline support on this platform. As a result, you cannot use the arrow keys to browse through your SQL command history, in isql. (The sample ODBC application that's bundled with unixODBC.)

If you're using a version of isql that came with an Easysoft driver and would like command history, you can build unixODBC with readline support, and replace the Easysoft-supplied isql with the new one you build.

In the following example, we:

  1. Install the readline include files, a prerequisite for readline support in unixODBC.
  2. Check the Easysoft-supplied unixODBC version.
  3. Replicate the build environment for the Easysoft-supplied Driver Manager (CFLAGS).
  4. Install unixODBC into a temporary directory, we only want to replace isql, we don't want to replace the Easysoft or system Driver Manager.
$ sudo apt-get install libreadline-dev
$ cd
$ mkdir scratch
$ more /usr/local/easysoft/unixODBC_install.info   product: unixODBC
version: 2.3.0
date: Tue 30 Jan 15:51:04 GMT 2018
$ wget http://www.unixodbc.org/unixODBC-2.3.0.tar.gz
$ gunzip unixODBC-2.3.0.tar.gz
$ tar -xvf unixODBC-2.3.0.tar
$ cd unixODBC-2.3.0
$  export CFLAGS=`/usr/local/easysoft/unixODBC/bin/odbc_config --cflags`
$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/scratch --sysconfdir=/etc
$ make
$ make install
$ sudo mv /usr/local/easysoft/unixODBC/bin/isql /usr/local/easysoft/unixODBC/bin/isql_easysoft
$ cd scratch
$ sudo cp ./isql /usr/local/easysoft/unixODBC/bin/
$ /usr/local/easysoft/unixODBC/bin/isql.sh -v SQLSERVER_SAMPLE
$ SQL> select 1 as test_col
| test_col   |
| 1          |
SQLRowCount returns -1
1 rows fetched
SQL> select 1 as test_col # Up arrow pressed here