Firebird 2.5.1 package for Debian Stable named Squeeze

Damyan Ivanov announced :

I have prepared packages from the current version in wheezy
(, built for squeeze.

If these improve the situation, then we at least know the bug is fixed
in that version and can start looking for the exact fix, which would
take about 10 iterations (and probably several weeks).


[ED if you want to rebuild them for 32bits you can use these instructions ]

Who is using Firebird and #Debian Humanistisch Instituut voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking

The organisation uses Debian GNU/Linux on half of their servers, i.e. about 10 systems.

It is used for two web servers, for the mail server and on a system for project administration, running a Firebird database. Debian was chosen since it’s the ultimate form of Open Source, and reliable as well. Since Hivos works for creating a better world, fights poverty and uses No Borders for People as its motto, choosing Debian is natural.


Firebird 2.5.1 Snapshot is now in #Debian experimental

For people who want to live on the edge , there is a new upload in experimental for 2.5 release branch

Tip: Using isql-fb / isql with readline in Debian/Ubuntu instead of libedit

Seems that readline does have utf-8 support and can be used for inserting/selecting accented chars
Check if libedit is used instead of readline

ldd /usr/bin/isql-fb | grep libedit => /usr/lib/ (0x00007f3dcbd7b000)

export LD_PRELOAD=/lib/

check if is preloaded

ldd /usr/bin/isql-fb | grep readline
/lib/ (0x00007fc661d22000)

Then use isql-fb as usual

SQL> select * from employee where first_name = ‘ő’

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