[syslog-ng] What packages need?

Evan Rempel erempel at uvic.ca
Fri Nov 16 19:38:30 CET 2007

Balazs Scheidler wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-10-01 at 11:27 -0700, Evan Rempel wrote:
>> Balazs Scheidler wrote:
>>> Only the PE version of syslog-ng has direct database connectivity in
>>> which case you need libdbi8.
>> Was there consideration of database access using ODBC? If there was,
>> could you provide a couple of reasons (rational or otherwise) why
>> ODBC was not implimented?
> Not really. I did not even consider ODBC as I felt it was too
> complicated for my case, and my perception was that ODBC is not that
> well supported on Linux/UNIX.
> Because of your email I've googled a bit, and I've found unixodbc, which
> seems to do the trick, however it seems inherently more complex than
> libdbi. (and some of the drivers cost extra money)
> Do you have any specific advantage in mind regarding libdbi vs. ODBC?

 From my perspective I like the odbc approach better because the odbc drivers
are generally written by the database vendor/author rather than an third party.
Someone else would have to correct me, but I don't think any database group writes
their own dbi drivers. This seems like it would result in a more stable environment,
and that's what I want in my logging.

The whole things comes to a confusing mess when you think of the dbiodbc which is
an odbc driver for the dbi API which would then allow you to use any odbc driver you
wish. Of course the same is true in reverse, you can get an odbcdbi which provides and dbi
driver with an odbc interface.

Just my $0.02

Evan Rempel                erempel at uvic.ca
Senior Programmer Analyst        250.721.7691
Computing Services
University of Victoria

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