[ESS] connection to Oracle does not work in ESS

Bond, Stephen Stephen.Bond at cibc.com
Wed Dec 13 18:52:37 CET 2017

On 64-bit win7:

I have a DSN which tests successfully in control panel. I can connect from RGui with:

it does not work in ESS:

R version 3.4.2 (2017-09-28) -- "Short Summer"
Copyright (C) 2017 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)

> > options(chmhelp=FALSE, help_type="text")
> options(STERM='iESS', str.dendrogram.last="'", editor='emacsclient.exe', show.error.locations=TRUE)
> library(RODBC)
> con=odbcConnect("DSNname",uid="myuid",pwd="mypass")

Warning messages:
1: In RODBC::odbcDriverConnect() :
  [RODBC] ERROR: state 08004, code 12154, message [Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12154: TNS:could not resolve the connect identifier specified
2: In RODBC::odbcDriverConnect() :
  ODBC connection failed

I have all the paths setup and the driver is installed correctly. Tnsping finds the db.

Let me know if anybody can help.


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