Confluence SQL Plugin: What is the data source?

I have a potentially stupid question:

The assumption I'm making is that the DS is supposed to be an existing populated database that the plug-in reads data from, not a new, empty database that the plug-in writes data to. If I'm incorrect on this assumption, I'd like to know.

When configuring a DS for the Confluence SQL Plugin, will that DS be written to as well as read from? I'm asking because I don't want to accidentally overwrite data in the DB.

-- Mike Beebe

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A dataSource is connection mechanism to access a database via JDBC. Basically, it's configuration defines the system, user, password, and database access method (jdbc driver information) to connect to the database. The database must exist in your database management system and you must configure it correctly to access it successfully. The database could be empty or populated. Depending on how you configure the access, the access may be read-only or allow read and write. The SQL plugin allow either read or write only if the database and dataSource configuration allow it. If you only use queries, then there is no chance of it being changed. If you use other SQL, then you need to know what you are doing :).

Good deal -- an answer from the Big Man himself!

Thanks, Bob, that clears things up nicely.

-- Mike Beebe

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