Using vsql for Windows Users
The default raster font does not work well with the ANSI code page. Set the console font to "Lucida Console."
vsql is built as a "console application." The Windows console windows use a different encoding than the rest of the system, so take care when you use 8-bit characters within vsql. If vsql detects a problematic console code page, it warns you at startup.
To change the console code page, set the code page by entering
cmd.exe /c chcp 1252.
1252 is a code page that is appropriate for European languages. Replace it with your preferred locale code page.
Running Under Cygwin
Verify that your cygwin.bat file does not include the "tty" flag. If the "tty" flag is included in your cywgin.bat file, then banners and prompts are not displayed in vsql.
To verify, enter:
set CYGWIN=binmode tty ntsec
To remove the "tty" flag, enter:
set CYGWIN=binmode ntsec
Additionally, when running under Cygwin, vsql uses Cygwin shell conventions as opposed to Windows console conventions.
Tab completion is a function of the shell, not vsql. Because of this, tab completion does not work the same way in Windows vsql as it does on Linux versions of vsql.
On Windows, instead of using tab-completion, press F7 to pop-up a history window of commands. You can also press F8 after typing a few letters of a command to cycle through commands in the history buffer which begin with the same letters.