Quick tip: how to connect linux php applications to MSSQL via freetds

Here’s one trick to do that:
Step 1. Install  FreeTDS

FreeTDS Website: http://www.freetds.org/ choose FreeTDS source distribution

Compile parameter: –prefix=/usr/local/freetds –enable-msdblib

Then, copy /etc/ld.so.conf, to /usr/local/freetds/lib; and then run ldconfig

Step 2. Change /usr/local/freetds/etc/freetds.conf


host = your.mssql.server.ip
port = 1433
client charset = cp950
tds version = 8.0

b. tds version: 4.2 (for MS SQL Server 6.x); 7.0 (for 7.x); 8.0 (for 2000)

Step 3. Test FreeTDS connect to MS SQL Server

#cd /usr/local/freetds/bin
#./tsql -S sql2k -U sa
1> use mydatabase
2> select * from mytable
3> go

it shows mytable if success

quit tsql:

1>    quit

Step 4. Recompile PHP Source

PHP website: http://www.php.net/

Before you re compile, please use php run echo phpinfo(); check the existing configure parameter, and then add  –with-mssql=/usr/local/freetds


./configure ‘–prefix=/usr/local/php_4.3.10′ ‘–localstatedir=/var’ ‘–disable-debug’ ‘–enable-pic’ ‘–disable-rpath’ ‘–enable-inline-
optimization’ ‘–with-bz2′ ‘–with-db4=/usr’ ‘–with-curl’ ‘–with-exec-dir=/usr/bin’ ‘–with-freetype-dir=/usr’ ‘–with-png-dir=/usr’ ‘–with-gd’ ‘–enable-gd-native-ttf’ ‘–without-gdbm’ ‘–with-gettext’ ‘–with-ncurses’ ‘–with-gmp’ ‘–with-iconv’ ‘–with-jpeg-dir=/usr’ ‘–with-
openssl’ ‘–with-png’ ‘–with-pspell’ ‘–with-regex=system’ ‘–with-xml’ ‘–with-expat-dir=/usr’ ‘–with-dom’ ‘–with-dom-xslt=/usr’ ‘–with-dom-exslt=/usr’ ‘–with-xmlrpc=shared’ ‘–with-pcre-
regex=/usr’ ‘–with-zlib’ ‘–with-layout=GNU’ ‘–enable-bcmath’ ‘–enable-exif’ ‘–enable-ftp’ ‘–enable-magic-quotes’ ‘–enable-safe-mode’ ‘–enable-sockets’ ‘–enable-sysvsem’ ‘–enable-sysvshm’ ‘–enable-track-vars’ ‘–enable-trans-sid’ ‘–enable-yp’ ‘–enable-wddx’ ‘–with-pear=/usr/share/pear’ ‘–with-imap=shared’ ‘–with-imap-ssl’ ‘–with-kerberos’ ‘–with-ldap=shared’ ‘–with-mysql’ ‘–with- pgsql=shared’ ‘–with-snmp’ ‘–with-snmp=shared’ ‘–enable-ucd-snmp-hack’ ‘–with-unixODBC’ ‘–enable-memory-limit’ ‘–enable-bcmath’ ‘–enable-shmop’ ‘–enable-calendar’ ‘–enable-dbx’ ‘– enable-dio’ ‘–enable-mcal’ ‘–enable-mbstring’ ‘–enable-mbstr-enc-trans’ ‘–enable-mbregex’ ‘–with-apxs2=/usr/sbin/apxs’ ‘–with-mssql=/usr/local/freetds’

After compile?installation, cp php.ini-dist /prefix/lib/php.ini

Step 5. Startup Apache HTTP Server for testing

Sample Code:


$rs = mssql_query(‘select * from mytable’);
list($column01) = mssql_fetch_row($rs);
echo $column01;

It show mytable if success.

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