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Old 03-24-2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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text editor vs notepad


re: lock file on an access database.

i can see an .ldb file fine with windows notepad but

cannot see the .ldb file in ubuntu's text editor. Its just messy text of symbols and letter.

is there a way to view these files from ubuntu ?
 
Old 03-24-2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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According to Microsoft Knowledgebase
Quote:
Q: Can a user or programmer gain access to the information in the .LDB
file?

A: No. The information in the .LDB file is only used internally by
Microsoft Access and is not designed to be used by users or programmers.
If all you are seeing is a mess of symbols and numbers, it is most likely because that is what the file actually contains. I am surprised that it looks any different in MS-Notepad, but I suppose it could have some sort of filter. It would be nice to see a screenshot of both.

Are you sure you are using Notepad and not Notepad++?

The following may be of some use http://support.microsoft.com/kb/186304

Searches for ldb and linux, seem to mostly just bring up pages related to LDAP-DB
 
Old 03-24-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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What is an LDB file?

EDIT: never-mind, nonamenobody's got it.
 
Old 03-24-2010, 10:58 AM   #4
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and ldb file is a ms access database lock file

i have the regular notepad through xp
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:10 AM   #5
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And does it make sense when you look at it through 'regular notepad'?
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:11 AM   #6
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^ yes, i can read it fine in regular xp notepad
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:14 AM   #7
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Can you 'cat' from the command line?
Does it look better from there?

Code:
cat /path/to/file.ldb
Can you copy/paste the output here?
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:27 AM   #8
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^ i get no such file or directory when using the cat command
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:36 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by rizhun View Post
Can you 'cat' from the command line?
Does it look better from there?

Code:
cat /path/to/file.ldb
Can you copy/paste the output here?
Better
Code:
cat -v /path/to/file.ldb
so you don't get your terminal messed up, if the file is binary
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:39 AM   #10
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^ cat does work.. You rock ! thanks for the help..
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:40 AM   #11
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^ i get no such file or directory when using the cat command
You need to change /path/to/file.ldb to the actual full path to your file.

And HasC is right, use 'cat -v'.
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:41 AM   #12
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^ cat does work.. You rock ! thanks for the help..
Hehehe, no probs
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:46 AM   #13
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since ms-notepad and ms-access are both ms products its reasonable to assume that they perform some special formatting when reading .ldb's in notepad.

does strings file.ldb give you anything useful ?
perhaps hexedit will help you scrub some info from it.

since none of us seem to use windows much, can you provide a sample of the text you see in notepad versus what you see in gedit ?
 
Old 03-24-2010, 11:48 AM   #14
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^ cat does work.. You rock ! thanks for the help..
i still dont get how cat would print ascii text and gedit would display binary data ?
are you sure you were looking at the .ldb file and not .mdb ?
 
  


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