Connection parameters are passed to the interface library as a connection string. This string consists of a set of parameters, separated by semicolons:
In general, the connection string built by an application and passed to the interface library does not correspond directly to the way a user enters the information. Instead, a user may fill in a dialog, or the application may read connection information from an initialization file.
Many of the SQL Anywhere utilities accept a connection string as the -c option and pass the connection string on to the interface library without change. For example, the following is a typical Backup utility (dbbackup) command line:
dbbackup -c "ENG=sample_server;DBN=demo;UID=DBA;PWD=sql" SQLAnybackup