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I'm following this tutorial on Adding an ODBC driver to Ubuntu.

I installed iODBC and then I went to install libmyodbc and noticed that it uninstalled iODBC, and now I can't follow the rest of the tutorial...because either the driver is gone, or the GUI to install the driver is gone.

iodbcadm-gtk is part of the iODBC package but when libmyodbc is installed it removes the iODBC, rendering it useless.

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Okay figured this out. I ended up installing just libmyodbc and configuring odbc using the /etc/odbc.ini file:

[ODBC Data Sources]
odbcname = MyODBC 3.51 Driver DSN

Driver = /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/odbc/
Description = The Database using MyODBC 3.51 Driver DSN
SERVER = localhost
USER = root
Password = someOldPassword
Database = the_db

It works great!

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