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RE: CLIENT_LOCALE where to define on server

Posted By: Lapeire, Jacques
Date: Thursday, 8 September 2011, at 8:04 a.m.

In Response To: Re: CLIENT_LOCALE where to define on server (Jonathan Leffler)

Thanks for your reply Jonathan,

the problem seems to be solved (at least for the moment), several reboots must indicate if the solution is permanent.

I try to explain :

Users logging in into the system were working without problems, client-server connections were not OK, (wrong date-format)
and this after a reboot of the Informix server. (Nothing changed on server or on Windows-clients)

So what's the difference for those connections : the execution of /etc/profile

The same applies if you reboot the system (/etc/profile not executed) or if you stop and restart only Informix (/etc/profile executed because you are logged in).

The variable DBDATE is one of the values that are set in /etc/profile, so not present in the Informix environment after a reboot.

I adapted the startscript and added ". /etc/profile" before the start of Informix, and now DBDATE is present in "onstat -g env",
hope this solution holds after several reboots.

Best regards,

Jacques Lapeire

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Jonathan Leffler
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: CLIENT_LOCALE where to define on server [24875]

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 04:00, JACQUES LAPEIRE <> wrote:

> Have a strange problem on Solaris 9 Sparc, IDS 9.40 UC6.

Beware of old systems...

> Apparently after a reboot, all ODBC-connections indicate problems with
> DATE-format. Users logged in to the server and working locally have no
> problem.
> Isql with select on date works correctly.
> Dates seem to be correctly registered in the tables.
> In the output of "onstat -g env" I see some differences, compared to an
> other
> system (IDS 9.40 UC7).
> CLIENT_LOCALE is missing (where is this defined on the serverside ??)

The CLIENT_LOCALE is sent to the server by the client and is used to handle
each connection separately. It is not usually set on the server because the
server does not know the client's locale until the client tells it.

> DBTEMP is not displayed correctly (DBTEMP=/d02/TEMPINFORMIX is set in
> /etc/profile, with an export of course)
> Any help will be appreciated.
> Thanks
> Here's the output of onstat -g env on the system :
> IBM Informix Dynamic Server Version 9.40.UC6 -- On-Line -- Up 1 days
> 22:15:52
> -- 694272 Kbytes
> Server start-up environment:
> Variable Value [values-list]
> DBPRINT lp -s
> DBTEMP /tmp
> INFORMIXDIR /p02/infor94
> [/p02/infor94]
> [/usr/informix]
> ONCONFIG brug.conf
> PATH /usr/sbin:/usr/bin
> TBCONFIG onconfig
> TERM dumb
> TERMCAP /etc/termcap
> TZ Europe/Brussels

Note that the environment can be picked up from the current settings of
whoever last started the server. Unless you are careful, this can lead to
problems when the DBA team in Malaysia (say) restarts the server with their
local time zone instead of the Europe/Brussels (or if the team in San Diego
restarts the server with US/Pacific time).

Jonathan Leffler <> #include <disclaimer.h>
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