A PostgreSQL Interface for IBM Informix Data

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IBM Informix JDBC Driver

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Use the Remoting features of the IBM Informix JDBC Driver to create a PostgreSQL entry-point for data access.

There are a vast number of PostgreSQL clients available on the Internet. From standard Drivers to BI and Analytics tools, PostgreSQL is a popular interface for data access. Using our JDBC Drivers, you can now create PostgreSQL entry-points that you can connect to from any standard client.

To access IBM Informix data as a PostgreSQL database, use the CData JDBC Driver for IBM Informix and a JDBC foreign data wrapper (FDW). In this article, we compile the FDW, install it, and query IBM Informix data from PostgreSQL Server.

Connect to IBM Informix Data as a JDBC Data Source

To connect to IBM Informix as a JDBC data source, you will need the following:

  • Driver JAR path: The JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.informix.InformixDriver

  • JDBC URL: The URL must start with "jdbc:informix:" and can include any of the connection properties in name-value pairs separated with semicolons.

    Set the following properties to connect to IBM Informix

    • Server: Set this to the name of the server running IBM Informix.
    • Port: Set this to the port the IBM Informix server is listening on.
    • Database: Set this to the name of the IBM Informix database.
    • User: Set this to the username of a user allowed to access the database.
    • Password: Set this to the password of a user allowed to access the database.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the IBM Informix JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.informix.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:informix:Server=10.0.1.2;Port=50000;User=admin;Password=admin;Database=test;

Build the JDBC Foreign Data Wrapper

The Foreign Data Wrapper can be installed as an extension to PostgreSQL, without recompiling PostgreSQL. The jdbc2_fdw extension is used as an example (downloadable here).

  1. Add a symlink from the shared object for your version of the JRE to /usr/lib/libjvm.so. For example: ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so /usr/lib/libjvm.so
  2. Start the build: make install USE_PGXS=1

Query IBM Informix Data as a PostgreSQL Database

After you have installed the extension, follow the steps below to start executing queries to IBM Informix data:

  1. Log into your database.
  2. Load the extension for the database: CREATE EXTENSION jdbc2_fdw;
  3. Create a server object for IBM Informix: CREATE SERVER Informix FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER jdbc2_fdw OPTIONS ( drivername 'cdata.jdbc.informix.InformixDriver', url 'jdbc:informix:Server=10.0.1.2;Port=50000;User=admin;Password=admin;Database=test;', querytimeout '15', jarfile '/home/MyUser/CData/CData\ JDBC\ Driver\ for\ Salesforce MyDriverEdition/lib/cdata.jdbc.informix.jar');
  4. Create a user mapping for the username and password of a user known to the MySQL daemon. CREATE USER MAPPING for postgres SERVER Informix OPTIONS ( username 'admin', password 'test');
  5. Create a foreign table in your local database: postgres=# CREATE FOREIGN TABLE books ( books_id text, books_Id text, books_Price numeric) SERVER Informix OPTIONS ( table_name 'books');
You can now execute read/write commands to IBM Informix: postgres=# SELECT * FROM books;