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Robert Denton
April 26, 2007 07:29
Re: Gofer to PC (was: Is PERL --> MS SQL really that difficult?)
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These look like some great options and I will keep them in mind for  
future projects, especially DBI::Gofer.  In this instance, however,  
the server I am working with is "production frozen" so to speak and I  
cannot install anything on it at all.  All I can do is ask it for  
information.  I am pursuing the other ideas offered (sybase, connect 
() syntax improvements, etc) for now.  Thanks for the tips!


On Apr 26, 2007, at 4:51 AM, Tim Bunce wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 05:24:40PM -0400, Robert Denton wrote:
>> Is it just me, or is using perl on a linux server to extract
>> information from an MS SQL server insanely difficult?  Has no one
>> else struggled with this?  Here is my set up:
>> FC4 -> PERL w/DBI -> DBD::ODBC -> unixODBC -> FreeTDS
>> The irony is that all I need to do is a single simple select from a
>> single table, and this is something I would run once a day. Yet the
>> process of getting perl to talk to an MSSQL server seems
>> disproportionately convoluted.
> You could also take a look at DBD::Proxy. That would let you use
> DBD::ODBC on a windows PC with a genuine MSSQL ODBC driver.
> But you'd need to run a DBI Proxy Server on the PC.
> DBD::Gofer would let you do something similar but in a different  
> kind of way.
> You'd need perl, DBI, and DBD::ODBC installed on the PC.  Then test  
> your
> script on the PC to make sure it works and the DSN is correct.
> If you can ssh into the PC [1] then using DBD::Gofer may be as simple
> as this...
> Copy the script over to the unix box. No need to change the DSN at  
> all.
> Set the DBI_AUTOPROXY env var to something like this:
> DBI_AUTOPROXY='dbi:Gofer:transport=stream;url=ssh:user@pc.your.domain. 
> com'
> then just run the script!
> The DBI_AUTOPROXY setting will arrange for DBD::Gofer to be used to
> proxy the requests via an ssh connection to your PC.
> There's no need to have a 'gofer server' running on the PC. The gofer
> stream transport starts the gofer server-side code once it has
> connected to the PC.
> I'm hoping more people will start using gofer and get involved in
> helping shape its development.
> Tim.
> [1]

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