Installing unixODBC 2.3.2 and higher on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Before we start – this tutorial assumes you’re using an Ubuntu Server, and you’re OK with removing your existing unixODBC driver manager and any problems that come with that.

OK – on to the goods.

  1. Remove any previous unixODBC packages – take note of any additional packages APT wants to remove so that you can reconfigure/reinstall/fix them later:
    $ sudo apt-get remove libodbc1 unixodbc unixodbc-dev
  2. (Optional – only necessary if you don’t use my .deb package) Get your system ready to compile software if you don’t already have make and gcc installed:
    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential

Now you have three choices – download, configure, and compile yourself, use my modified version of Microsoft’s “build_dm” script they offer with the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux, or use the unixodbc_2.3.2-1_amd64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS package I built.

Personally – I’d choose the package as any other packages that depend on unixodbc or libodbc should easily install and be able to use our custom unixODBC to fulfill any package requirements.

Ubuntu deb package method:

  1. Get the package:
    $ wget
  2. Install the package:
    $ sudo dpkg -i unixodbc_2.3.2-1_amd64.deb

Automated script method:

  1. Get the automated script here or use this command:
    $ wget
  2. Make sure it’s executable and then run it:
    $ chmod u+x; sudo ./ --libdir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
  3. After it’s finished, the script will give you a /tmp/unixODBC.RANDOMNUMBERS directory which it tells you to change to, and then ‘make install’. An example of the command I ran is below – replace the XXXX’s with the exact path the script gave you upon it finishing:
    $ sudo su -c 'cd /tmp/unixODBC.XXXX.XXXX.XXXX/unixODBC-2.3.2; make install'

That’s it – unixODBC was automatically configured with some options the Microsoft ODBC driver recommends and the make target “install” was executed.

Do it yourself method:

  1. Download unixODBC

    $ wget
  2. Ungzip and untar the gzipped tarball – this example uses a modern gnu tar:
    $ tar -zxvf unixODBC-2.3.2.tar.gz
  3. Change to the new directory that has been created:
    $ cd unixODBC-2.3.2
  4. Configure with any custom options you want – this is an example for Ubuntu 64-bit using the recommendations provided by the Microsoft ODBC driver for server installations (note: if you’re installing on a headless server, you may want to add “–enable-stats=no” to increase performance):
    $ ./configure --enable-gui=no --enable-drivers=no --enable-iconv --with-iconv-char-enc=UTF8 --with-iconv-ucode-enc=UTF16LE --libdir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc
  5. Make the install target with root privileges:
    $ sudo make install

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