Easysoft ODBC-SQI SQL Engine User Guide - Preface

About this manual

This manual is intended to cover the full range of requirements for anyone wishing to install and use the Easysoft ODBC-SQI SQL Engine.

Chapter Guide

Intended Audience

If you have obtained the Easysoft ODBC-SQI SQL Engine as a component of an Easysoft Data Access product then the information in this manual will be relevant to you, but you should follow the installation and configuration sections of the manual for that specific product.

The manual requires some familiarity with the use of buttons, menus, icons and text boxes. If you have any experience of Apple Macintosh computers, Microsoft Windows or the X Window System, you will have no difficulty with these sections.


In addition to this manual, further information may be provided in README and other files copied into the Easysoft ODBC-SQI SQL Engine installation directory. Please check all the documentation provided before contacting Easysoft with a query.

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Notational Conventions

Across the range of Easysoft manuals you will encounter passages that are emphasized with a box and a label.

A note box provides additional information that may further your understanding of a particular procedure or piece of information relating to a particular section of this manual:


Note boxes often highlight information that you may need to be aware of when using a particular feature.

A reference box refers to resources external to the manual, such as a useful website or suggested reading:


For more manuals that use this convention, see the rest of the Easysoft documentation.

A platform note provides platform-specific information for a particular procedure step:


In Linux you must log on as the root user in order to make many important changes.

A caution box is used to provide important information that you should check and understand, prior to starting a particular procedure or reading a particular section of this manual:


Be sure to pay attention to these paragraphs because Caution boxes are important!

Typographical Conventions

To avoid ambiguity, typographic effects have been applied to certain types of reference:

Click Next to continue.

Where there is a chain of submenus, the following convention is used:

Choose Start > Programs > Command Prompt.

At the command prompt type admin.

It is assumed that all typed commands will be committed by pressing the <Enter> key, and as such this will not normally be indicated in this manual. Other key presses are italicized and enclosed by angle brackets, for example:

Press <F1> for help.


Explains the benefits of using the Easysoft ODBC-SQI SQL Engine, and how it fits into your data access setup.

A step-by-step guide to installing the software.

Explains how to configure data sources using the Easysoft ODBC-SQI SQL Engine, and how to connect to them. Example exercises are provided.

Comprising a Technical Reference and Glossary.


Throughout this manual, Windows refers generically to Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 2012 R2, 10, 2016, 2019 or 2022, which are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. The X Window system is specifically excluded from this and is referred to as The X Window Systemor just X.

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