Subject Installation problems in Firebird for Linux
Author Sujan Sreenath <>
Hello Everybody.

I have been using Firebird v1.0 for Windows and now just installed
Firebird v1.0 for Linux on Mandrake v8.0. I am new to Linux and am
facing some problems.

It has been installed in /opt/interbase

How do I check if Firebird is running?

In the process manager there are three entries for
/opt/interbae/bin/ibserver and also one entry for
/opt/interbase/bin/ibguard -f
what does all this mean???

I tried to use ISQL to connect to the
/opt/interbase/examples/employee.gdb but it does not work.

ISQL command line options are DSN [UID] [PWD] [options]
but when I type: " isql /opt/interbase/examples/employee.gdb -user
sysdba -password masterkey" nothing happens.

Next I tried to see if I can connect to Firebird using a graphical
interface. I downloaded IBAccess for Linux from It
got installed in /home/sujan/ibaccess. To run it I typed at the
terminal screen: "bash" which opens the GUI

In the GUI when I try to connect to the employee.gdb it terminates
with the following message: "./ibaccess: error while loading shared
libraries: /usr/lib/ symbol: crypt"

I checked up that /usr/lib/ points to
/opt/interbase/lib/ All the files are owned by root. I
have logged in as "root" would that create a problem?

Please help. I am not able to use Firebird at all. I am planning on
developing project using Firebird. But right now I cannot even
connect to a database!!!


P.S. When I use a "ls -l" command some files have a * mark at the
end of the filename. What does that mean?