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Posted By: Larry Sorensen
Date: Tuesday, 8 July 2008, at 2:00 p.m.

In Response To: RE: C-ISAM and ISQL (Larry Sorensen)

One last question for those of you with programming experience:

What kind of an effort do you think it would take to revise applications to
communicate with an SE database rather than a C-ISAM database. I know the
question is vague, but what kinds of calls, connections would need to be
modified, etc?


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Larry
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 11:07 AM
Subject: RE: C-ISAM and ISQL [12596]

I appreciate all of the comments on this. It appears that we have had a
version of SE on the old server just for use with ISQL.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Jonathan Leffler
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 12:04 AM
Subject: Re: C-ISAM and ISQL [12541]

On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM, LARRY SORENSEN <> wrote:

> We have an old C-ISAM database on an old version of SCO. We have an old
> version of ISQL that we use to talk to the database. We are setting up a
> copy of the database on a current version of Linux with the latest version

> C-ISAM. In speaking with IBM, ISQL no longer communicates directly to
> We would like an ISQL-like tool that we could use to run ad hoc queries.
> Short of migrating to SE or trying to use a datablade, are there any tools

> that we can use for this?

> To:
> From:>
> Subject: Re: C-ISAM and ISQL [12531]
> Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 02:40:31 -0400
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:44 AM, LARRY SORENSEN <>
>> Does anyone know of any tools, either at iiug or elsewhere, that work
>> similar to ISQL and will talk to a C-ISAM database?
> What do you mean?
> Or, perhaps, what's wrong with Informix Standard Engine?
> Please elaborate
> on your requirements if SE is not the answer.

Well, ISQL never did talk directly to a C-ISAM database other than via
SE, so you must have had SE on the old system. How old is 'very old'?
Unless you are positively ante-diluvian (meaning prior to version
4.00), you will have had SE as well as ISQL on the (SCO) machine,
whether you realized it or not. (If you are positively ante-diluvian,
then you had sqlexec, which became SE from 4.00 onwards, and was
effectively the same as having SE on the system even so.)

I'm not aware of any tools other tools that interact directly with
C-ISAM. I assume there's a reason why you can't move away from C-ISAM
-- for example, why you can't simply import the data into IDS?

You should get SE for Linux and use that (and ISQL); it will be far
the simplest operation.

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