Subject Re: Stick with gds32.dll or move to fbclient.dll?
Author petesouthwest
Hi Helen

Sorry I didnt write that post very clearly, when i was talking
about 'clients' I was really meaning customers. :(

Therefore, I would assume from what you have said about gds32 being
different and possibly causing problems, certainly with IBX (my
customers might have other applications using interbase and or IBX)
that I should be leaving gds32.dll alone and changing my app to

Sorry again for the initial mixup, I'm new to client server apps and
still tend to think of the client as someone who may want to pay me
for my app!


--- In, Helen Borrie <helebor@t...>
> At 11:23 AM 5/10/2004 +0000, you wrote:
> >Hi
> >
> >If my delphi/IBO application is intended to be installed on
> >client machines, are there advantages/disadvantages in my
> >application using either fbclient.dll or gds32.dll?
> You should be using fbclient.dll, copied as gds32.dll.
> >I am currently using firebird- /silent as part of
> >setup. As I understand things this option does not overwrite
> >gds32.dll if it exists. Could this cause me problems if a client
> >a different version of gds32.dll installed, or are they all the
> Yes, it could cause problems and no, they are not all the same.
> >As i understand it i can replace/ update the gds32.dll by adding
> >instcleint i[gds32]to my setup. But I am worried that
> >updating/replacing gds32.dll may cause problems with my clients
> >machines either now or in the future.
> In fact, you don't need to run instclient.exe for IBO. Just
renaming it
> and placing it in the system directory is sufficient. It is
mainly for
> IBX, which decides the client is illegal if it doesn't have the
> details for InterBase.
> >To me it seems more sensible to convert my IBO units to use
> >fbclient.dll (I understand I can do this by: In ib_constants,
> >the first variable defined in that unit, viz. IB_GDS32:
> >string= 'gds32.dll'; to IB_GDS32: string = 'fbclient.dll';). but
> >there any disadvantages in doing this?
> There are various techniques, if you want to go this way - off-
topic in
> this list.
> >It seems strange that IBO is
> >not setup to use fbclient as firebird doc says gds32.dll will not
> >always be supported.
> Not strange at all. IBO is used with Interbase as well as with
> Firebird. The correct Firebird client renamed to gds32.dll can be
> with firebird. The interbase client gds32.dll renamed to
> won't work with InterBase...
> ./hb