Provide the Connection Parameters

Connection parameters for the shim may be provided via any of the following means, in increasing order of priority: the hardwired default connection parameters in data.c; or a configuration file, the .shimrc file, in the home directory or current directory; or command input via the dbms and feed commands, triggered by the init option.

The connection parameters are the most important of the configuration parameters that a non-programmer user might still reasonably choose to alter. All the parameters are named values, and so are defined by key-value pairs, about which the next section, after which the three means of connection control -- config file, init option, and source code patch -- will be considered.


Bill Pippin 2010-01-14