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SQL Anywhere 12.0.0 » MobiLink - Client Administration » SQL Anywhere clients for MobiLink » Event hooks for SQL Anywhere clients


Introduction to dbmlsync hooks

The SQL Anywhere synchronization client, dbmlsync, provides an optional set of event hooks that you can use to customize the synchronization process. When a hook is implemented, it is called at a specific point in the synchronization process.

You implement an event hook by creating a SQL stored procedure with a specific name. Most event-hook stored procedures are executed on the same connection as the synchronization itself.

You can use event hooks to log and handle synchronization events. For example, you can schedule synchronizations based on logical events, retry connection failures, or handle errors and referential integrity violations.

In addition, you can use event hooks to synchronize subsets of data that cannot be easily defined in a publication. For example, you can synchronize data in a temporary table by writing one event hook procedure to copy data from the temporary table to a permanent table before the synchronization and another to copy the data back afterward.


The integrity of the synchronization process relies on a sequence of built-in transactions. You must not perform an implicit or explicit commit or rollback within your event-hook procedures.

If you change any connection setting in a hook you must restore the setting to its previous value before the hook ends. Failing to restore the setting may produce unexpected results.

 dbmlsync interfaces

Synchronization event hook sequence
Using event-hook procedures