Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge

What is oobping?

Last Reviewed:
19th January 2024

oobping is a small program that has been distributed with the Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge since version oobping is a valuable tool for checking ODBC-ODBC Bridge connectivity and diagnosing connection problems or connection timing issues.

For Windows distribution, you will find oobping.exe in installdir\Easysoft\ODBC-ODBC Bridge.

For Unix ODBC-ODBC Bridge distributions, there are two versions of oobping: oobpings (a statically linked version) and oobpingd (a dynamically linked version linked against the libesoobclient shared object). These may be found in installation_dir/easysoft/bin. To use oobpingd you may need to set and export your LD_LIBRARY_PATH/LD_RUN_PATH/LIBPATH to include the ODBC-ODBC Bridge client and lib directories (e.g. /usr/local/easysoft/oob/client and /usr/local/easysoft/lib).

oobping has the following command line:

oobping [-h host | -d ODBC_connection_string] {-t port} {-u osuser} {-p ospassword} {-e}


Option Description
-h host The name or IP address of the machine where the ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server is running.
-d ODBC_connection_string The ODBC connection string. For example, "DSN=test;UID=fred;PWD=bloggs;".

If you specify -u and/or -p as well as -d "LogonUser=xxx;LogonAuth=yyy;" will be added to the end of the connection string, where xxx and yyy are the values specified for -u and -p.

-t port The port on which the ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server is listening.
-u osuser A valid username on the "host" operating system.
-p ospassword The password for the user specified with -u.
-e The time taken to complete the requested operation (added in ODBC-ODBC Bridge

If you are unable to connect your application to your database through the ODBC-ODBC Bridge, you can use oobping to help diagnose the problem.

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