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firebird server installation on Fedora 2x

asked 2015-11-25 12:46:57 -0500

clh333 gravatar image

I installed the Firebird database server and client tools on my x64 machine under Fedora 21, and it is still installed under 23, but it's not where it is supposed to be according to the Firebird docs. Firebird 2.5 Quick Start gives /opt/firebird as the default installation directory and lists several related files (clients, samples, docs) in subdirectories.

There is nothing related to firebird in /opt. Firebird's QS Guide says different distributions may assign the files elsewhere. I'm guessing Fedora is one of those instances. Having never actually connected to the server I'm wondering if my installation is faulty.

Can anyone suggest a place to look? Thanks.

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answered 2015-11-25 14:46:57 -0500

ceres2009 gravatar image

updated 2015-11-25 14:47:53 -0500


you could check with packages, search for firebird and click on files in the lower right corner.

(i did, and this is the result:


cheers, CereS

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answered 2015-11-26 12:02:05 -0500

clh333 gravatar image

Thank you for your suggestion. Using this I was able to answer my question by collating a list of files in all of the (7) firebird-related packages on my system and then consulting the README files. There were a few important facts that I learned therein:

Fedora does not allow the package to be configured so as to start the server by default. From a terminal window as SU the command "systemctl start firebird-classic.socket" starts the server on my machine, "systemctl enable firebird-classic.socket" enables the server to be started with each boot. The syntax varies for the type of the server used.

Due to conflicts with other packages, the firebird utilities gbak, gsec, gfix and isql have been sym-linked to the binary with a link of a different but similar name with -fb suffixed. I located isql and was able to log into a sample database after first starting the server. Q.E.D.

I have been using Firebird on the other (Win7 64-bit) OS of this dual-boot machine and the operation there is enough different to confuse the inexperienced. Once again, thank you for your assistance.

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you're welcome :-) that sounds like lots of customization under fedora to run as a package. I'm quite new to fedora and come from debian, where i often had to handconfigure packages to get actual versions of software i needed.

ps if i answered the question, maybe consider marking it as correct, so that it gets an confirmed answered status (and me getting some karma ;-)

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2015-11-26 15:51:33 -0500 )edit

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