Connect file

WTSupported in traditional Synergy on Windows
WNSupported in Synergy .NET on Windows
USupported on UNIX
VSupported on OpenVMS

The GENESIS_HOME environment variable specifies the xfODBC connect file directory.


The directory that contains the connect file(s) specifying the location of the system catalog.


The GENESIS_HOME environment variable is required and is automatically set when you install xfODBC. You can change this setting if necessary. (Any custom settings will be saved and will not be overwritten by subsequent installations.)

GENESIS_HOME is used by the xfODBC driver, DBA, and dbcreate. It is used when you generate system catalogs, when you modify system catalogs, and when you connect to the database.

For Windows, we recommend that you change the GENESIS_HOME setting and move files for the sample database and repository to a writable location outside of Program Files so that files can be created and updated.

GENESIS_HOME is set at the system level by the installation. If you install both 32‑bit and 64‑bit versions of Connectivity Series on the same 64‑bit Windows machine, the first version installed determines the GENESIS_HOME setting, unless a user has set at the system level. If a user has set this at the system level, the Connectivity Series installation does not change this setting during install, upgrade, or uninstall.

Setting location

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Specifying the connect file location (GENESIS_HOME).


On Windows,

set GENESIS_HOME=c:\synergyde\connect\synodbc