Originally Posted by topcat
linux can see the drive, it is wine which though can see the drive, fails to allow my accounting client to detect that server.
the windows XP drive is shared. yes.
the linux box has smb as it can access other samba drives.
essentially this was what i was trying, but it did not work. i was thinking on the lines that maybe some additional drivers ODBC? need to be hacked in?
Ok, but as I said you have not provided any information on the client and how the client accesses the SQL server.
With this limited knowledge all I can suggest is you install an ODBC layer either on linx native or ODBC in wine (I think MSoffice has these drivers so you could use this inside wine).
This is a good start for linux native ODBC: http://www.freetds.org/
Some linux distros have freetds in their repositories (synaptic/apt-get). Yours may have?