Subject Testing the Presence of a Server
Author Stefan Heymann

you all know that it can be sometimes difficult to connect to a remote
Firebird server. People have firewalls, disabled ICMP replies (Ping),
reconfigured the port number or whatever.

One good test is to do a Telnet connection to the Firebird port
(usually 3050/tcp) and see if that opens.

Does anybody know if there is any sequence of bytes that I can send
to that newly opened TCP connection that will give me a reply that
tells me it is a Firebird that I am connected to? (Ideally together
with the server version number ... ;-)

Or is there any other way to connect to the server alone without
directly connecting to a database?



Stefan Heymann, Tübingen, Germany