unsigned int db_start_engine( SQLCA * sqlca, char * parms );
sqlca A pointer to a SQLCA structure. For information, see The SQL Communication Area (SQLCA).
parms A null-terminated string containing a semicolon-delimited list of parameter settings, each of the form KEYWORD=value. For example,
For a list of connection parameters, see Connection parameters.
Starts the database server if it is not running.
For a description of the steps carried out by this function, see Locating a database server.
If the database server was already running or was successfully started, the return value is TRUE (non-zero) and SQLCODE is set to 0. Error information is returned in the SQLCA.
The following call to db_start_engine starts the database server and names it demo, but does not load the database, despite the DBF connection parameter:
db_start_engine( &sqlca, "DBF=samples-dir\\demo.db;START=dbeng10" );
If you want to start a database as well as the server, include the database file in the StartLine (START) connection parameter:
db_start_engine( &sqlca, "ENG=eng_name;START=dbeng10 samples-dir\\demo.db" );
This call starts the server, names it eng_name, and starts the SQL Anywhere sample database on that server.
The db_start_engine function attempts to connect to a server before starting one, to avoid attempting to start a server that is already running.
The ForceStart (FORCE) connection parameter is used only by the db_start_engine function. When set to YES, there is no attempt to connect to a server before trying to start one. This enables the following pair of commands to work as expected:
Start a database server named server_1:
start dbeng10 -n server_1 demo.db
Force a new server to start and connect to it:
db_start_engine( &sqlda, "START=dbeng10 -n server_2 mydb.db;ForceStart=YES" )
If ForceStart (FORCE) was not used, and without an EngineName (ENG) parameter, the second command would have attempted to connect to server_1. The db_start_engine function does not pick up the server name from the -n option of the StartLine (START) parameter.