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From "Slomcenski, Robert J" <Robert.Slomcen...@xerox.com>
Subject How To: Find available database anmes
Date Mon, 10 Jan 2005 19:56:24 GMT
How do I have derby give me a list of available database names? I have
created two databases (sampleDB and testDB) in the directory pointed to
by my "derby.system.home" setting. Everything went fine, but I cannot
seem to find a way to have derby tell me what database names are there.
Here is the code I tried:

import java.sql.*;
import java.util.Properties;

 * DerbyMain
public class DerbyMain {

    public String driver = "org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver";
    public String protocol = "jdbc:derby:";
    public String dbHome = "./databases";

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        new DerbyMain().go(args);

    void go(String[] args) {

        System.out.println("DerbyMain started");

        try {
            // Load the driver and boot all available databases
            Properties sysProps = System.getProperties();
            sysProps.put("derby.system.home", dbHome);
            sysProps.put("derby.system.bootAll", new Boolean(true));
            System.out.println("Loaded the embedded driver.");

            // Attempt to list the available databases
            Properties props = new Properties();
            DriverPropertyInfo[] info =
DriverManager.getDriver(protocol).getPropertyInfo(protocol, props);

            // info[0] property should be database name
            // choices field should be array of available database names
            String[] choices = info[0].choices;

            System.out.println("Found the following databases:");
            for (int i = 0; i < choices.length; i++) {

        } catch (Throwable e) {
            System.out.println("exception thrown:");
            if (e instanceof SQLException) {
                printSQLError((SQLException) e);
            } else {

        System.out.println("DerbyMain finished");


    static void printSQLError(SQLException e) {
        while (e != null) {
            e = e.getNextException();

This program returns an empty array of strings. The documentation
implies that an array of available databases should be returned. What am
I doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

Bob Slomcenski

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