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Old 10-18-2008, 05:43 AM   #1
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Linux Open Office and MS Access .mdb files

I'm on the verge of a mental melt-down.

I want to open a MS Access (.mdb) file in Open Office under linux. I've found several web sites talking about using an ODBC and blah blah blah... none of it I understand.

I guess all I want to know is this: Can a person open, obtain information from, export, etc information from a MS Access (Office 97) .mdb file?

I want to get the information off in whatever way it the fastest/easiest so I can recreate the database with minimal effort in mysql.

Everytime I open it in Open Office and click on Tables Open Office crashes (I haven't seen a crash in linux in forever - it has to be MS's fault).

Am I doing something wrong, or am I expecting Open Office to do something that it simply cannot?

P.S. I've tried mdbtools also - it crashes as well with the error: "Segmentation fault".

Last edited by checkmate3001; 10-18-2008 at 05:45 AM. Reason: added info about mdbtools
Old 10-18-2008, 06:57 AM   #2
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this is some info i found at the website...

but i think you need a windows computer to do that...
Old 10-18-2008, 08:15 AM   #3
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.mdb into OOBase

You'll run into problems if your .mdb file contains forms and reports. These use libraries that are not supported by OOB.

These links might prove helpful.

Best of luck!
Old 10-18-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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Thank you two for your help. However, I have come to the conclusion that the only (and most reliable) way to recreate the database for use on linux with mysql is to either export everything to text (.csv) and import that to mysql or just rewrite everything from scratch.
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