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Hello Jack,

Am 11.05.2022 um 18:33 schrieb Jack Woehr via MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

Mac is a pretty decent platform for interaction with IBM i.


Another hobbyist friend lately asked me if it might be possible to tie FileMaker via ODBC to the IBM i (and older machinery and OS releases). FileMaker saw extensive use in the 1990's and later, but was pushed back to a niche solution when everything was expected to run in a browser window.


ODBC is largely absent in modern macOS releases. There is an applications which can be installed to get a data source point'n click interface, but in the end, I ran out of time before I to got it to run. My friend needed to move on. The main problem was that FileMaker gave errors about not finding the shlibs.

I guess UnixODBC might be a free and good solution. It works well on Linux with the latest IBM i ODBC libraries installed in /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/lib64/.

There is a also a vendor, Actualtech, who once had a "connector" for the Mac to IBM i. Asking them, they state that connections to IBM i do no longer work because of changes Apple introduced with MacOS Catalina (10.15).

Has anyone successfully used FileMaker as a graphical front end to IBM i databases on recent macOS releases? Probably on M1 based Macs?

:wq! PoC

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