New database driver name specification

Allows database driver specification without target database version information.

Starting with version 2.51, the database drivers follow a new file name convention, which allows you to specify a generic name based on the target database type without any database version information.

Important: Most database driver names have changed. You need to re-configure the "driver" entry in your FGLPROFILE settings (or database connection string parameters), to match the new driver names. If you are using the default driver (dbmdefault), there is no configuration change needed. To simplify upgrading, the runtime system identifies old driver names and converts them to new names. However, it is recommended that you consider using the generic driver name corresponding to the type of database your applications connect to. The error -6366 occurs if the runtime system is not able to load the specified database driver, or cannot identify an old driver name.
Before version 2.51, it was required to specify the exact database type and version, to match both the database client and the server version. For example, when using Oracle® 11.2 (server and client):
dbi.database.stores.driver = "dbmoraB2x"
Starting with 2.51, you can now, for example, specify a generic driver name without version, which can connect to any database server version supported by the DB vendor client/server protocol. The generic name defines a database driver for the latest database client version that is available on the platform:
dbi.database.stores.driver = "dbmora"

Each generic database driver name has also a human-readable alias, such as "informix" or "oracle".

dbi.database.stores.driver = "oracle"

To simplify driver specification, install the latest database client software that corresponds to the generic driver name, especially if it does not require a database server upgrade.

For some database client software, additional database drivers are still provided for older database client versions (if available on the platform). In such cases, the driver file name gets a version identifier.

For example:

  • dbmora_11 (Oracle 11g client)
  • dbmmys_5_1 (Oracle MySQL client 5.1.x)
  • dbmsnc_10 (SQL Server Native Client 10 (SQLNCLI10.DLL))
  • dbmsnc_9 (SQL Server Native Client 9 (SQLNCLI.DLL))

Such database drivers with version info are provided to follow db client library dependency rules, as defined by the database vendors. For example, on a Linux® platform, Oracle MySQL version 5.1.x provides the db client library named In this file name, "16" is the version number that defines the shared library compatibility. The database driver that was compiled and linked in a compatible db client environment is dbmmys_5_1. This database driver is linked to Starting with Oracle MySQL version 5.5.x, the db client library version number has been incremented to 18 (linked to The driver to be used with that library version is dbmmys_5_5, which was compiled and linked with a 5.5.x environment.