Windows 95, InterBase server IP address, and "unavailable database".

By: Ben Matterson

Abstract: A cause for "unavailable database" when using an IPAddress in an InterBase connection string under Windows 95.

Using the server's IP address in the connection string gives "unavailable database" error.

When connecting to an InterBase sever from a client running on Windows 95, the connection is fine if the connect string is of the form
However, if the connect string is of the form
the error "unavailable database" is returned. Why?

This is simply a limitation of Winsock1, which comes with Windows 95. The GetHostByName function in Winsock1 will not work when passed an IP address. If you wish to use a server's IP address in your connect string instead of the host name, you will need to install Winsock2.

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