FAQ
I have a small problem: I can't get pyodbc to connect to a PostgreSQL
database. All it does is spit out a malformed error message. When I run
this:

==============================================
import pyodbc

dsn = pyodbc.dataSources()
print "Data sources: %s" % dsn

conn = pyodbc.connect(dsn="marchive")
print "ODBC connection: %s" % conn
==============================================

I get this:

==============================================
[kiwi at zappa python]$ python dsncheck.py
Data sources: {'ma': 'PostgreSQL', 'marchive': 'PostgreSQL'}
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "dsncheck.py", line 6, in <module>
conn = pyodbc.connect(dsn="marchive")
pyodbc.Error: ('0', '[0] [unixODBC]c (0) (SQLDriverConnectW)')
==============================================

so the data source exists and is evidently found by connect(), whiuch
seems unable to make sense of it.

The pgsql module works well, but I would prefer to use ODBC because its
not so closely bound to a single RDBMS. unixODBC, which I understand
underlies pyodbc, works OK too:

==============================================
[kiwi at zappa python]$ isql marchive marchive n/a
+---------------------------------------+
Connected! |
sql-statement |
help [tablename] |
quit |
+---------------------------------------+
SQL> select count(*) from address;
+---------------------+
count |
+---------------------+
32 |
+---------------------+
SQLRowCount returns 1
1 rows fetched
SQL> quit
==============================================

Questions:
- Why does pyodbc blow up when its apparently trying to talk to unixODBC?
- What does this mean:
pyodbc.Error: ('0', '[0] [unixODBC]c (0) (SQLDriverConnectW)')

I'm new to Python, though not to Linux, PostgreSQL, ODBC, C or Java.
My rig and software:

Linux: Fedora 12 Where I'm running Python and ODBC,
Lenovo Thinkpad R61i: Core Duo.
Fedora 10 Where PostgreSQL is installed,
IBM NetVista: Pentium III.
PostgreSQL: 8.3.8
Python: 2.6.2
pyodbc 2.1.5-3.fc12 ) By yum from RH repository
unixODBC 2.2.14-11.fc12 )


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