[syslog-ng] What packages need?

Balazs Scheidler bazsi at balabit.hu
Mon Nov 19 10:36:09 CET 2007

On Fri, 2007-11-16 at 10:38 -0800, Evan Rempel wrote:
> 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.

True enough, I've already ran into problems with the Oracle DBI driver.
For now it works, we support our own libdbi/dbd packages, but the end
result might be that we migrate to using ODBC in the future.


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