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Re: how to get odbc working for connection to mariadb in debian buster

On Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:02:26 -0400
John Covici <covici@ccs.covici.com> wrote:

> I am on stable, (buster) and I have no such package.  I wonder if it
> would even install on buster, if I could find the .deb.  I am pretty
> sure my client does not want me to go to sid.

No, it's new in Debian and only in unstable so far:

mariadb-connector-odbc (3.1.1-1) unstable; urgency=medium

  * Initial release (Closes: #930445)

 -- Bernhard Schmidt <berni@debian.org>  Fri, 31 May 2019 19:40:33 +0200

May 2019, but after the buster release freeze. You could check the
dependencies against buster (I don't have one, my former stables are now
oldstable): https://packages.debian.org/sid/odbc-mariadb
If they do match, the .deb is available here.

Is there really no way other than ODBC?

Possibly it has improved a lot, but I stopped trying to make it work
when the LibreOffice Base native MySQL connector finally started working
some years ago. At that time, ODBC on Debian was an utter shambles,
almost completely unusable, the GUI editor was not even functional
enough to be a joke.

Does your client application really not have a native MySQL connector?
I sometimes use Microsoft Access with a MariaDb backend, and even that
has a MySQL driver, though possibly not written by the masters of
Not-Invented-Here.... I have a feeling it came from MySQL themselves.


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