Subject Re: [ib-support] W2k Lost Network
Author Helen Borrie
At 09:26 PM 11-11-01 +0200, you wrote:

>Many thanks for the reply, Lester. Just one question remains - with what
>version of Interbase was this problem fixed?

No version. It was fixed in Firebird. And IBObjects will reject a connection path with the backslash after the drive designator missing.

>Oops - re-reading this made me think of another question. What then is the
>purpose/use of localhost?

localhost is the default name of the loopback server located on every machine that has a tcp/ip driver running. Its IP address on any network (including a "network" without any physical networking capability, i.e. a stand-alone machine) is

Another special thing about it is that you can never connect to localhost on anyone else's machine. :)

Its purpose is - well - for a local connection to a tcp/ip host. Typically it is used for testing, e.g. cgi scripts, IDAPI extensions, etc. with web server software.

It happens to have one useful purpose of providing a tcp/ip client connection to an ibserver running on the same machine without the risks and limitations associated with making a physical local connection.


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