The Perfect Database Server: Firebird 2.5.3 And FreeBSD 10

Here is the guide on installing Firebird 2.5.3 from FreeBSD 10 Ports and
creating your first test database; also we show you how to install
Flamerobin GUI (administration tool) and the PHP driver for it. This was tested on fresh FreeBSD 10 on a kvm-linux virtual machine.

Download a compressed snapshot of the Ports Collection into /var/db/portsnap.

# portsnap fetch

Or update it.
If you are running Portsnap for the first time, extract the snapshot into /usr/ports:

# portsnap extract

If you already have a populated /usr/ports directory and you are just updating, run the following command instead:

# portsnap update

Enter firebird server ports directory:

# cd /usr/ports/databases/firebird25-server

Compile and install firebird server:

# make -DPACKAGE_BUILDING

# make install

Enable it by adding

firebird_enable="YES"

in

/etc/rc.conf
.

Start it with:

# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/firebird start

logs and security2.fdb seems to be in /var/db/firebird.

# /usr/local/bin/isql-fb

To create a new database:

SQL> create database “tmp/first_database.fdb”;

SQL> connect “/tmp/first_database.fdb” ;

Commit current transaction (y/n)? <– y

Committing.

Database: “/tmp/first_database.fdb”

SQL>

If you want to create a simple table then insert 1-2 rows and select from it; here is one example:

SQL> CREATE TABLE TEST (ID INT NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, NAME VARCHAR(20));

SQL> show tables;

TEST

SQL> INSERT INTO TEST VALUES (1, ‘John’);

SQL> INSERT INTO TEST VALUES (2, ‘Joe’);

SQL> select * from test;

ID NAME

============ ====================

1 John

2 Joe

To quit the isql-fb console, type quit:

SQL> quit

CON>;

For a good open source GUI admin tool you might check the flamerobin administration tool included in ports repository; it can be installed by a simple:

# cd /usr/ports/databases/flamerobin/ && make install clean

Or if you don’t want to wait use pkg-add

# pkg-add -r flamerobin

To use firebird with php, you will need the php5 driver:

# cd /usr/ports/databases/php5-interbase/ && make install clean

You can choose to compile php with apache support (I have chosen cli, cgi , and apache support);

check it if is enabled with:

# /usr/local/bin/php -m

Or if you don’t want to wait compile all the php use pkg-add

# pkg-add -r php5-interbase

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New Flamerobin snapshot build for Mac osx

I have now also uploaded a new snapshot build for Mac OS. It’s also built against Boost libraries version 1.54.
The updated boost.m4 file necessitated a bump of the minimum deployment target to 10.5 (although I don’t think that anyone will even notice these days).
It’s still a 32 bit only universal build for PPC and x86. Unless I buy a new Mac this won’t change as my 10.5.8 Mac isn’t updatable to a more recent OS AFAICS.
If anyone feels like taking over the Mac OS side of FlameRobin and looking into 64 bit Cocoa builds against wxWidgets 3.0 I’ll gladly step aside…
Thanks

Michael Hieke

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New flamerobin snapshot 0.9.x git hash 5ece15b

New flamerobin snapshots (git hash 5ece15b) for Windows 32 and 64 bit are uploaded to SourceForge.net.

The 32 bit build does no longer contain a version for Windows 9X
versions, only the Unicode build is included.  The Inno Setup created
installer should not allow the installation on Win 9X but I haven’t
tested this.

All builds use Boost libraries version 1.54, for the necessary changes
to be able to compile it with MSVC++ 7.1 see boost ticket

Testing and reporting on your findings would be great

Thanks

Michael Hieke
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New Flamerobin snapshot revision 2100 in #debian unstable

The main change is that now it requires firebird2.5-dev instead of firebird3.0 headers and decided that is better to  have a flamerobin 0.9.3 in the distros released for the next 1-2 years with a stable firebird 2.5.x and add firebird 3.0 requirement when is ready and stable ~1-2 years
Changelog:
* New upstream SVN snapshot : revision 2100
Uploaded to unstable
* Stop using system-wide ibase.h.Unstable has no fb3.0 so system-wide ibase.h has no boolean defines,which are used by FR and were ported to IBPP’s embedded copy of ibase.h
* build-depend on firebird2.5-dev instead of firebird-dev(firebird-dev is only in experimental)

You can download and install the package directly from debian sid (tested and works on ubuntu natty too )
http://packages.debian.org/sid/flamerobin
Also for ubuntu the install guide is now updated

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