Connecting to a Database Using isql
If you do not specify a database on the command-line when invoking
isql, you must either connect to an existing database or create a new one. Use the
CONNECT command to connect to a database and
CREATE DATABASE to create a database. For the full syntax of
CREATE DATABASE, see the Language Reference.
You can connect to either local or remote databases. The syntax is slightly different for the two:
To connect to a local database on a Windows platform, use the
CONNECT command with the full path of the database as the argument. For example:
SQL> CONNECT 'C:/Embarcadero/InterBase/Database/examples/employee.ib' role 'staff';
To connect to a remote database on a Windows or UNIX server using TCP/IP, use the
CONNECT command with the full node name and path of the database as the argument. Separate the node name from the database path with a colon.
Examples of connecting to remote databases:
To connect to a database on a UNIX platform named jupiter:
SQL> CONNECT 'jupiter:/usr/InterBase/examples/employee.ib';
To connect to a database on a Windows platform named venus:
SQL> CONNECT 'venus:c:/Embarcadero/InterBase/examples/database/employee.ib';
- Note: Be careful not to confuse node names and shared disks, since both are specified with a colon separator. If you specify a single letter that maps to a disk drive, it is assumed to be a drive, not a node name.
- Tip: You can use either forward slashes ( / ) or backslashes ( \ ) as directory separators. InterBase automatically converts either type of slash to the appropriate type for the server operating system.