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Firebird 2.5 Release Notes

Helen Borrie (Collator/Editor)

30 June 2016 - Document v.0256_02 - for Firebird 2.5.6


Table of Contents

1. General Notes
Firebird 2.5.6 Sub-release
Firebird 2.5.5 Sub-release
Firebird 2.5.4 Sub-release
Firebird 2.5.3 Security Update 1
Firebird 2.5.3 Sub-release
Firebird 2.5.2 Security Update 1
Firebird 2.5.2 Sub-release
Firebird 2.5.1 Sub-release
Bug Reporting
Documentation
2. New in Firebird 2.5
Firebird 2.5.6 Release (June 2016)
Firebird 2.5.5 Release (September 2015)
Firebird 2.5.4 Release (March 2015)
Firebird 2.5.3 Security Update (December 2014)
Firebird 2.5.3 Release (July 2014)
Firebird 2.5.2 Security Update (March 2013)
Firebird 2.5.2 Release (October 2012)
Firebird 2.5.1 Release (September 2011)
Firebird 2.5 Release (October 2010)
Other New Features
3. Changes in the Firebird Engine
New Threading Architecture
Thread-safe Client Library
Improvements
4. Changes to the Firebird API and ODS
ODS (On-Disk Structure) Changes
API (Application Programming Interface) Extensions
5. Reserved Words and Changes
Clean-up of Reserved Words
Newly Reserved Words
Keywords Added as Non-reserved
6. Configuration Parameter Additions and Changes
AuditTraceConfigFile
Parameters Affecting Filesystem Cache Usage
ConnectionTimeout
Authentication
MaxUserTraceLogSize
OldSetClauseSemantics
RemoteAuxPort For Classic and Superclassic
Use Hostname for RemoteBindAddress
RemoteFileOpenAbility
7. Administrative Features
New RDB$ADMIN System Role
Trace and Audit Services
Monitoring Improvements
8. Security Hardening
Windows Platforms
9. Data Definition Language (DDL)
Quick Links
10. Data Manipulation Language (DML)
Quick Links
11. Procedural SQL (PSQL)
Quick Links
Autonomous Transactions
Borrow Database Column Type for a PSQL Variable
New Extensions to EXECUTE STATEMENT
Other PSQL Improvements
12. International Language Support (INTL)
Default COLLATION Attribute for a Database
ALTER CHARACTER SET Command
Connection Strings & Character Sets
Other Improvements
13. Command-line Utilities
fbtracemgr
Retrieve Password from a File or Prompt
gsec
fbsvcmgr
gbak
nBackup
isql
gpre (Precompiler)
gstat
14. Installation Notes
Linux (POSIX)
Windows
15. Compatibility Issues
Effects of Unicode Metadata
Configuration Parameters Removed
SQL Language Changes
Utilities
API Changes
Security Hardening
Access Path for Services
Known Platform Issues
16. Platform Ports
HPPA
IBM eServer z-Series
Linux/sh4 (Renesas SH)
HP-UX
Port for Very Old Windows 32-bit Platforms
17. Bugs Fixed
Firebird 2.5.6 Release
Firebird 2.5.5 Release
Firebird 2.5.4 Release
Firebird 2.5.3 Update 1 Release
Firebird 2.5.3 Release
Firebird 2.5.2 Security Update 1, March 2013
Firebird 2.5.2 Release
Firebird 2.5.1 Release
Firebird 2.5.0 Release
Old Bugs Fixed
18. Firebird 2.5 Project Teams
A. SQLSTATE
SQLSTATE Codes & Messages
B. Licence Notice

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13.1. Arguments for gbak STATISTICS Output
18.1. Firebird Development Teams
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