Uninstalling Active Technology’s ODBC drivers

January 4th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

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Since my upgrade to Snow Leopard I’ve been fighting a few very particular issues in my development environment. It should be noted that I think nearly all regular consumers and a large percentage of developers will be satisfied with the development environment provided by Apple. However, some developers need more.

While able to run in 64-bit, I was running Apache in 32-bit mode under my Leopard install. This is because the ODBC drivers I was running from Actual Technologies only supported 32-bit Apache. In Leopard land that was fine. Now that I’m in Snow Leopard and everything else is in 64-bit I thought my ODBC drivers ought be as well.

My problem is that I had the 32-bit Actual Technologies drivers, compiled in the FreeTDS drivers for my MSSQL support when compiling PHP and then installed a 64-bit beta build from Actual Technologies. Somewhere between the Snow Leopard upgrade and all these other installs things have gone a bit wonky. Best bet is to clean out all ODBC drivers and start anew.

Small hiccup: Actual Technologies does not provide an uninstaller. Well, not that you’d be able to find. I emailed their support and received a link to a script bundled up in a dmg. By request I’m not going to post a link to the script or the script itself and I think that’s fair. Looking at the script it is no more than a series of rm -rf commands that blindly erase whole directories. Even existing iODBC data and settings you may have from other products or drivers.

I’m going to run the uninstaller, recompile FreeTDS, rebuild PHP and see where that gets me. Hopefully not towards a fresh Snow Leopard install.