[egenix-users] Using mxodbc with SQL Server 2012

Sheila Allen sallen at zeomega.com
Thu Sep 3 06:06:15 CEST 2015

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 4:16 AM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> On 03.09.2015 08:44, Sheila Allen wrote:
> >> I'm looking into the MS SQL Server Native client again as well, we
> >> it when they first announced it and it would segfault with any
> >> load
> >
> > We're currently testing the MS ODBC Driver for Linux, and ran into a
> > similar segfault under load. This was resolved by upgrading unixODBC
> > to 2.3.2, even though the MS ODBC Driver officially only supports 2.3.0.
> >
> > Some discussion of the issue here:
> >
> We are using the MS driver with unixODBC 2.3.2 just fine. The only
> segfault we've seen so far is related to using Unicode strings with
> DriverConnect():
> http://www.egenix.com/products/python/mxODBC/doc/#_Toc427692959
> If you can provide instructions on how to reproduce the problem
> you are seeing under load, we can try to investigate this some
> more.

The segfault issue goes away with 2.3.2, as mentioned above. This
discussion describes how to reproduce the issue using the unixODBC 2.3.0:


The point here...the concern...is really that the official Microsoft
certified unixODBC version is 2.3.0, a very old version with a known bug.
The documentation mentions that version repeatedly, and specifically states
that 2.3.1 is not supported. So the docs are really outdated, and I guess
the installation script is too because it requires additional manual
workarounds to use newer versions of unixODBC. Here are the Microsoft
installation docs:


This has been raised in several threads, and has been a known issue since
2012, but Microsoft has failed to certify or document use of newer versions
of unixODBC since then. Unless I'm just looking in the wrong place.

Here's another article that turned up in a search for the driver...once
again it describes use of unixODBC 2.3.0.


So the question is whether it's a good idea to advocate for the use of this
driver, which seems to be somewhat abandoned after several years.  Has
anyone seen any statements from Microsoft that they're continuing to
support it? I've seen this discussed among users also on the Microsoft
blog, with no response:


Am I just looking in the wrong places?

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