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Appendix A: Document History

The exact file history is recorded in the manual module in our CVS tree; see

Revision History
0.0 2002 IBP Published as Chapter One of Using Firebird.
1.0 2003 IBP Published separately as a free Quick Start Guide.
1.x June 2004 IBP Donated to Firebird Project by IBPhoenix.
2.0 27 Aug 2004 PV Upgraded to Firebird 1.5
Added Classic vs. Superserver section.
Reorganised and corrected Disk Locations Table.
Added (new) screenshots.
Added section on security.
Updated and completed information on Control Panel applets.
Added more examples to “Expressions involving NULL”.
Various other corrections and additions.
2.1 20 Feb 2005 PV Enhanced GSEC section.
Added more info to CONNECT and CREATE DATABASE sections.
Added version number and document history.
2.1.1 1 Mar 2005 PV Changed gbak r[estore] to r[eplace] in two places.
2.1.2 8 Apr 2005 PV Reordered Firebird SQL subsections.
Added links to Firebird Null Guide.
2.2 2 Dec 2005 PV Removed "Using the books by IBPhoenix" as it doesn't make sense in the QSG.
Promoted "How to get help" to 1st-level section and removed "Where to next" shell.
Removed link to UFB and RefGuide; added a note instead explaining their current status.
Updated/corrected classic-super comparison table.
Moved a number of sections on installing, working with databases, and (un)safety into newly created top-level sections.
2.2.1 22 Dec 2005 PV Corrected statement on SS thread usage in Classic-vs-Superserver table.
Fixed broken link.
3.0 21 May 2006 PV Creation of 2.0 Quick Start Guide, still equal to previous revision except for some version numbers, XML ids etc.
3.2 10 Aug 2006 PV Promoted “Firebird Project members” to co-authors in articleinfo.
Updated references to website ( ->
Removed “maturity” and “Service Manager” rows from Classic-vs-Super table; these things are no longer different in Firebird 2. Also changed the row on local connections: CS and SS now both allow safe, reliable local connections on Windows. Added row on Guardian. Prepended a column with feature names.
Removed any and all remarks about Classic not having a (full) Service Manager.
Removed 2nd paragraph of “Default disk locations” section.
Removed notes stating that Classic/Win connections will fail without a host name.
Updated location table and inserted rows for documentation.
Edited the Installation sections; added sections on Guardian and installing multiple servers. Removed “if-you-do-not-find-the-release-notes” tip.
Heavily edited and extended the “Testing your installation” sections.
The “Other things you need” section is now gone and its contents distributed across other sections.
Added a section on gsec (consisting partly of existing material).
Greatly enhanced and extended the Security section, and moved it to another location.
Extended and improved the “Windows Control Panel applets” section.
Edited “Working with databases”. Added a special section on connection strings. Added information on access to database objects, the EXIT statement, and local vs. remote connections. Made some paths in the examples relative, to keep the lines short. Extended paragraph on metadata.
Weakened the claim that Firebird is more SQL-compliant than any other RDBMS.
Changed the “Expressions involving NULL” section. Added a subsection on DISTINCT. Changed “More about NULLs” subsection somewhat.
Renamed “Safety measures” to “Preventing data loss”. The Security subsection has been moved elsewhere.
Extended Backup section to include nbackup information. Added links to other documentation.
In the “How to corrupt...” part, changed gbak -r syntax to -rep and added explanatory note.
Added the “IB6 plus rlsnotes” as last-resort option to How to get help. Also mentioned firebird-support explicitly.
Corrected more version numbers, paths, and stuff.
Many sections have been reshuffled, moved up or down the hierarchy, etc. Many smaller modifications are not listed here.
Added “Happy Firebirding!” to conclude the last section.
3.3 15 Oct 2006 PV Default disk locations table: added isql to command line tools; added row for additional server-side libs.
Added introductory paragraph to “Installing Firebird”. Changed first sentence of “Installing on Linux...
Changed and extended “Server check: Linux and other Unices”.
Corrected and extended the section on Linux client-only installs.
Security section: moved last paragraph of the “Protect databases...” listitem into a new item on Classic local mode.
Connection strings: improved and extended introductory paragraph; added a subsection on third party program requirements.
Changed 3rd and 4th paragraph of “Connecting to an existing database”. Used relative paths in connection examples. Updated/corrected note on the use of quote characters.
Edited first “Important” item in “The CREATE DATABASE statement”.
Updated the warning about concatenation of long strings.
Extended the note in “Restoring a backup to a running database”.
Updated last sentence of first paragraph in “The Firebird Project”.
3.4 25 Jan 2007 PV About this guide: Changed note about versions and replaced HTML and PDF links with single link to new doc index page.
Classic or Superserver?: Replaced note on Embedded Server with a proper subsection, containing more info and links to UFB.
Default disk locations: Created two subsections (for Linux and Windows); also split table in two and removed first column. Introduced placeholders <ProgramDir> and <SystemDir>. Changed text around tables, changed existing note, and added note for Win64 users.
Security: Removed statement that 1.5 Release Notes are included with 2.x packages.
More about NULLs: Replaced note about the Null Guide being updated with a para announcing the availability of the new version.
Backup: Updated information on UFB.
How to get help: Updated documentation links and changed text here and there.
3.5 14 Mar 2007 PV About this guide and Important notice for 64-bit Windows users: Minor rewordings.
User management: gsec and Connection strings: Added information on enabling local protocol with IpcName=Global\FIREBIRD.
Security :: Use database aliases: Changed type from <database> to <literal> to improve output.
3.6 21 Sep 2007 PV About this guide: Mentioned 2.0.3. Warned against 2.0.2.
Expressions involving NULL: Space added to expected concatenation result: “Home sweet ”.
3.7 8 Apr 2008 PV About this guide: Added 2.0.4 and 2.1 to covered versions. Mentioned forced writes bug.
Installing the Firebird server :: Use the Guardian?: Added warning about Win installer not detecting existing server.
How to corrupt a database?: Gave subsections id attributes.
Disabling forced writes on Windows: Created new parent section Disabling forced writes, with the Windows and Linux cases as subsections. Warned against Linux forced writes bug.
License notice: Copyright end year now 2008.
3.8 18 Jan 2009 PV About this guide: Added 2.0.5 and 2.1.2 to covered versions.
Preventing data loss :: Backup: Mentioned nbackup's brokenness in 2.1.
How to corrupt a database :: Restoring a backup to a running database: Changed and extended instructions re. safe restoring.
How to give help: New section directing reader to the Foundation.
License notice: Copyright end year now 2009.
3.9 22 Sep 2010 PV New title: Firebird 2.0 and 2.1 Quick Start Guide. titleabbrev changed to Firebird 2.0 and 2.1 Quick Start.
About this guide: Added 2.0.6 and 2.1.3 to covered versions.
Classic or Superserver: Added Events row to comparison table. Gave table an id attribute.
Default disk locations :: Linux: Corrected location of additional server-side libraries (bin -> lib). In last row, changed /usr/lib to /usr/lib[64] (twice).
User management: gsec :: Trouble running gsec: Improved/corrected first listitem.
Security :: Use database aliases: Wrapped programlistings in blockquotes.
Security: Added new varlistentry Choose your authentication model (2.1 only).
Working with databases :: Creating a database using isql :: Starting isql: Added “↵ means Enter” note, like in Connecting with isql.
Preventing data loss :: Backup: Mentioned nbackup's still-brokenness in 2.1.1 and complete fix in 2.1.2.
How to get help: Last list item: changed version ref. 2.0 to 2.x.
Document History: Removed erroneous id attribute from primary index term in title.
License notice: Copyright end year now 2010.
3.10 4 Mar 2011 PV About this guide: Added 2.1.4 to covered versions.
License notice: Copyright end year now 2011.
3.11 11 Jul 2011 PV About this guide: Changed ulink to Firebird Doc Index.
New top-level section: The Firebird licenses.
What is in the kit? now comes after the Classic or Superserver section. Itemized list now has compact spacing; words “essential reading” now wrapped in emphasis element instead of written in all-caps.
Default disk locations :: Linux: Added that default install dir may vary per distribution.
Installing Firebird :: Testing your installation :: Note: Updated ulink to IB OpGuide (text and url).
Server configuration and management :: Windows Control Panel applets :: Firebird Server Manager: Edited last para.
Server configuration and management :: Windows Control Panel applets :: Firebird Control Center: Changed almost entire text.
Server configuration and management :: Administration tools: Inspect -> Explore. Updated ulink text and url.
Preventing data loss: Renamed Protecting your data.
Protecting your data :: Backup: Changed para starting with “More information about gbak...” and added links to our gbak manual. Edited line starting with “The nbackup manual is here...
How to get help: Updated ulink to mailing lists page (text and url). Updated ulink to Firebird Doc Index (text and url). Updated link to Firebird Book and added notice about first edition being out of print. Removed Note about Using Firebird and Firebird Reference Guide.
How to give help: Updated Firebird Foundation url.
The Firebird Project: Added terminating slash to ulink (text and url).
Document history: Link to CVS changed, points directly to document log view in manual module now.
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