ODBC does not require IPX.  It's a layer above and dosn't care.
Creating a DSN in your odbc.ini on the linux box (after building
PHP --with-iodbc) should work fine.

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Best regards,
Andrew Hill
Director of Technology Evangelism
OpenLink Software
Universal Data Access & Data Integration Technology Providers

"Gabe Da Silveira" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> I work at a University where we just purchased some expensive reservation
> management software.  It uses Access 97 as a backend, with ASP pages for
> web module.  Only problem is I want to basically write my own web stuff
> scratch using (surprise) PHP.
> Well, best I can figure, I need to create a System DSN on our mandrake
> web server using the IODBC software found at  Sounds fairly
> straightforward, right?  Well, my sysadmin tells me that it won't work
> because IPX connectivity is required to do this and that there isn't a
> IPX client for Novell (which is what we have the software running on).  I
> suspect he either doesn't know what he's talking about or he thinks I
> know what I'm talking about and is just trying to shut me up so he doesn't
> have to do more work.
> So can anyone shed any light on this?  Does Access 97 require IPX
> connectivity to use ODBC?  We can't upgrade because the reservations
> software only works with Access 97.  Should this really be so hard?
> Thanks in advance for your help.

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