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I am trying to get a SQL Anywhere 9 database to run as a service and connect to it from PowerBuilder 10.

My OS is Windows 7 64bit. The database is the one that comes with PB10 - easdemo9.db.

No surprise - Sybase Central doesn't work, it gets a Java error when attempting to connect. So I used the command line to create the service. So I have a service and can't connect from PowerBuilder. I am guessing that the settings on the service aren't ideal either.

The error message is: SQLSTATE = IM002 [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

The connection setting is: SQLCA.DBParm = "ConnectString='eng=myeng;dbn=easdemo9;uid=dba;pwd=sql'," + & "ConnectOption='SQL_DRIVER_CONNECT,SQL_DRIVER_NOPROMPT'"

I ran regedit and found these values for the service 'ASANYe_myserv'.

ImagePath: C:\Program Files (x86)\Sybase\SQL Anywhere 9\win32\dbeng9.exe -hvASANYe_myserv

Parameters: -n myeng -c8m "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sybase\Shared\PowerBuilder\easdemo9.db"

asked 02 Jan '11, 21:52

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Roland Smith
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A database started as a service is no different than any other when it comes to connecting.

Try adding this to your ConnectString: Driver=Adaptive Server Anywhere 9.0;

SQLCA.DBParm = "ConnectString='Driver=Adaptive Server Anywhere 9.0;eng=myeng;dbn=easdemo9;uid=dba;pwd=sql'," + & 

PowerBuilder uses ODBC to connect to SQL Anywhere, and since you are attempting a DSN-less connection (no DSN= in the ConnectString) you need to tell it something about what flavor of ODBC you are using.

...or, you could create a DSN and use that instead of Driver.

FWIW here is a sample of tested PowerBuilder code showing a DSN-less connection to a version 9 database; it includes some extra parameters you probably don't need...


    = "ConnectString='Driver=Adaptive Server Anywhere 9.0;" &
    + "UID=dba;PWD=sql;DatabaseName=asademo;EngineName=asademo9;" &
    + "AutoStop=No;Integrated=No;" &
    + "CommLinks=SharedMemory,TCPIP{HOST=tsunami;DOBROAD=NONE};" &
    + "Compress=No',ConnectOption='SQL_DRIVER_CONNECT,SQL_DRIVER_NOPROMPT'"


    MessageBox ( 'Error', &
        'CONNECT failed in open:' &
        + '~r~nSQLCode = ' &
        + String ( SQLCA.SQLCode ) &
        + '~r~nSQLDBCode = ' &
        + String ( SQLCA.SQLDBCode ) &
        + '~r~n' &
        + SQLCA.SQLErrText )
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answered 03 Jan '11, 10:26

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Breck Carter
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Just to add: In case you're about to use a DSN, make sure you use the appropriate ODBC Administrator for the bit-ness of your application (32 bit, I suppose). On Windows 7 64 Bit, there is a ODBCAD32.exe both for 32 and 64 bit, and you need to choose the correct one.

(03 Jan '11, 11:52) Volker Barth

I have no problems connecting on XP, the issue is that on my Windows 7 laptop the service isn't configured correctly because Sybase Central is a load of heaping brown stuff and won't run due to some java error. The help on dbsvc isn't of much help.

(04 Jan '11, 17:27) Roland Smith

Please tell us what your exact symptoms are. Also tell us what build of SQL Anywhere you are running. In order to be successful on Windows 7 you may need to install the final EBF. If you want help with dbsvc just ask.

(05 Jan '11, 15:14) Breck Carter

I have it running on Windows XP and SQL Anywhere 9.0.1. I'll have to revisit my Windows 7 laptop and maybe try it with a newer version of SQL Anywhere. The symptom was a Java error starting the Sybase Central that comes with SA9. So then I tried using the command line to create a service but the documentation doesn't explain it very well.

(15 Feb '11, 17:48) Roland Smith

On XP & SA9 I used Sybase Central to add a service. The parameters are:

-c 8m -n engDemoDB "C:Program FilesSybaseSharedPowerBuildereasDemo10.db" -n dbnDemoDB

My PowerBuilder connection looks like this:

sqlca.DBMS = "ODBC" sqlca.DBParm = "ConnectString='Driver=Adaptive Server Anywhere 9.0;ENG=engDemoDB;DBN=dbnDemoDB;UID=dba;PWD=sql', "ConnectOption='SQL_DRIVER_CONNECT, SQL_DRIVER_NOPROMPT'"

(15 Feb '11, 17:51) Roland Smith

Sorry about the lack for formatting of my last reply, the comment block doesn't give the nice formatting options as where you enter the question.

(15 Feb '11, 17:54) Roland Smith
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