Getting an ODBC Trace File

If you encounter difficulties or problems with Connector/ODBC, you should start by making a log file from the ODBC Manager and Connector/ODBC. This is called tracing, and is enabled through the ODBC Manager. The procedure for this differs for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix. Enabling ODBC Tracing on Windows

To enable the trace option on Windows:

  1. The Tracing tab of the ODBC Data Source Administrator dialog box enables you to configure the way ODBC function calls are traced.

    ODBC Data Source Administrator Tracing
  2. When you activate tracing from the Tracing tab, the Driver Manager logs all ODBC function calls for all subsequently run applications.

  3. ODBC function calls from applications running before tracing is activated are not logged. ODBC function calls are recorded in a log file you specify.

  4. Tracing ceases only after you click Stop Tracing Now. Remember that while tracing is on, the log file continues to increase in size and that tracing affects the performance of all your ODBC applications. Enabling ODBC Tracing on Mac OS X

To enable the trace option on Mac OS X 10.3 or later you should use the Tracing tab within ODBC Administrator .

  1. Open the ODBC Administrator.

  2. Select the Tracing tab.

    ODBC Administrator Tracing
  3. Select the Enable Tracing checkbox.

  4. Enter the location where you want to save the Tracing log. If you want to append information to an existing log file, click the Choose... button. Enabling ODBC Tracing on Unix

To enable the trace option on Mac OS X 10.2 (or earlier) or Unix you must add the trace option to the ODBC configuration:

  1. On Unix, you need to explicitly set the Trace option in the ODBC.INI file.

    Set the tracing ON or OFF by using TraceFile and Trace parameters in odbc.ini as shown below:

    TraceFile  = /tmp/odbc.trace
    Trace      = 1

    TraceFile specifies the name and full path of the trace file and Trace is set to ON or OFF. You can also use 1 or YES for ON and 0 or NO for OFF. If you are using ODBCConfig from unixODBC, then follow the instructions for tracing unixODBC calls at HOWTO-ODBCConfig. Enabling a Connector/ODBC Log

To generate a Connector/ODBC log, do the following:

  1. Within Windows, enable the Trace Connector/ODBC option flag in the Connector/ODBC connect/configure screen. The log is written to file C:\myodbc.log. If the trace option is not remembered when you are going back to the above screen, it means that you are not using the myodbcd.dll driver, see Section, “Errors and Debugging”.

    On Mac OS X, Unix, or if you are using DSN-Less connection, then you need to supply OPTION=4 in the connection string or set the corresponding keyword/value pair in the DSN.

  2. Start your application and try to get it to fail. Then check the Connector/ODBC trace file to find out what could be wrong.

If you need help determining what is wrong, see Section, “Connector/ODBC Community Support”.

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