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       bsqldb - batch SQL script processor using db-lib


       bsqldb [-U username] [-P password] [-S server] [-D database]
              [-i input_file] [-o output_file] [-e error_file]
              [-t field_term] [-qv]


       bsqldb is a utility program distributed with FreeTDS.

       bsqldb  is  a non-interactive equivalent of the "isql" utility programs
       distributed by Sybase and Microsoft. Like them, bsqldb uses the command
       "go" on a line by itself as a separator between batches. The last batch
       need not be followed by "go".

       bsqldb makes use of the db-lib API provided by FreeTDS. This API is  of
       course also available to application developers.


       -U username
              Database server login name.

       -P password
              Database server password.

       -S server
              Database server to which to connect.

       -D database
              Database to use.

       -i input_file
              Name of script file, containing SQL.

       -o output_file
              Name of output file, holding result data.

       -e error_file
              Name of file for errors.

       -t field_term
              Specifies  the  field  terminator. Default is two spaces (’  ’).
              Recognized escape sequences  are  tab  (’\t’),  carriage  return
              (’\r’), newline (’\n’), and backslash (’\\’).

       -h     Print column headers with the data to the same file.

       -q     Do  not  print  column  metadata,  return  status,  or rowcount.
              Overrides -h.

       -v     Verbose mode, for more information about the db-lib interaction.
              This  also reports the result set metadata, including and return
              code. All verbose data are written to standard error (or -e), so
              as not to interfere with the data stream.


       bsqldb  is  a  filter; it reads from standard input, writes to standard
       output, and writes errors to standard error. The -i, -o, and -e options
       override these, of course.

       The source code for bsqldb is intended as a model for db-lib users. db-
       lib has a rich set of functions,  and  it  can  be  hard  sometimes  to
       understand  how  to  use  them, particularly the first time. If you are
       using it in this way and find something unclear, you are encouraged  to
       email the author your comments.


       bsqldb  exits  0  on  success,  and >0 if the server cannot process the

       bsqldb will report any errors returned by the server, but will continue
       processing.   In   a  production  environment,  this  behavior  may  be
       insufficiently stringent. To make it extremely  intolerant  of  errors,
       change the message and error handlers to call exit(3).


       bsqldb first appeared in FreeTDS 0.63.


       The    bsqldb    utility    was    written    by    James   K.   Lowden


       Microsoft servers as of SQL Server  7.0  SP  3  do  not  return  output
       parameters  unless the RPC functions are used. This means bsqldb cannot
       return output parameters for stored procedures with these servers.