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Old 01-09-2004, 12:50 AM   #1
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MYSQL, PostgreSQL, Access

Ok, a friend of mine approached me today asking for some help with an access database he is using. The problem is this: He works in a not for profit organization and has been using a database built in access for some time now. Over the course of a few years, he has built up a record-set somewhere near the 60,000 range in a few of his tables and has realized that his performance and data integrity is slowly, but surely, slipping away. He needs a db server to handle this info for him for little or no cost.... In steps TUX.

Now, i know that access has up-sizing tools for SQL db's, and i also know that they do not work for MySQL or PostgreSQL. But I was wondering if anyone has any experience with an up-sizing tool for linux db's (IE: yes, and it was more of a headache then doing it manually, or yes, it was a huge time savior, or no, i too have looked and have never seen such a thing, therefore i have no experience with it)?

For clarification... I know how to transfer the tables and write the SQl statements...etc, but i would really like to be able to do it in a few clicks so that I do not have to charge him anything (i can write it off come April 2005 as a charitable contribution, then we both benefit) because it did not cut into my other work nor his minimalistic budget.

So, in sum, he and I will be greatly appreciative if anyone can share. TIA
Old 01-13-2004, 04:26 PM   #2
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I have used PostgreSQL for a webshop with a lot of products and used access as the backend. An easy way to do this is by using ODBC to connect to the PostgreSQL database. It works for MySQL as well, but i like postgress better.

You should beware of the date / timestamp fields in postgres. If the field has a different type than Access can handle you cannot update existing records.

You should be able to start using it quite easily. The ODBC connector can be downloaded. Do not forget to edit the pg_hba.conf file when using postgres and give the -i to postmaster.

I hope this will help you,
Old 01-14-2004, 12:21 PM   #3
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yeah, i thnk i may have to do something like that..... i was hoping for a quick export to table type of feature, but i guess i can just maintain the table format and then use SQL statements to connect via ODBC driver. I just like the simplicity of the MS SQL upsizing tool. Thanks
Old 01-16-2004, 02:24 PM   #4
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You can export to a delimited file from Access, Excel, etc. Then you can upload these directly to a postgres table that has the correct format of course (IE. field size/type, number of fields, etc.). I have done this successfully with large tables that would have been a nightmare to transfer otherwise. I have even uploaded tables from Excel to Postgres. Some documentation is at:

Here is an excerpt:

COPY -- copy data between files and tables
COPY table [ ( column [, ...] ) ]
FROM { 'filename' | stdin }
[ [ WITH ]
[ OIDS ]
[ DELIMITER [ AS ] 'delimiter' ]
[ NULL [ AS ] 'null string' ] ]
COPY table [ ( column [, ...] ) ]
TO { 'filename' | stdout }
[ [ WITH ]
[ OIDS ]
[ DELIMITER [ AS ] 'delimiter' ]
[ NULL [ AS ] 'null string' ] ]


The name (possibly schema-qualified) of an existing table.

An optional list of columns to be copied. If no column list is specified, all columns will be used.

The absolute Unix path name of the input or output file.

Specifies that input comes from the client application.

Specifies that output goes to the client application.

Changes the behavior of field formatting, forcing all data to be stored or read in binary format rather than as text. You can not specify DELIMITER or NULL in binary mode.

Specifies copying the internal object id (OID) for each row.

The single character that separates fields within each row (line) of the file.

null string
The string that represents a NULL value. The default is "\N" (backslash-N). You might prefer an empty string, for example.

Note: On a copy in, any data item that matches this string will be stored as a NULL value, so you should make sure that you use the same string as you used on copy out.


The copy completed successfully.

ERROR: reason
The copy failed for the reason stated in the error message.
Old 01-17-2004, 08:07 AM   #5
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I think, from access, you should be able to connect to the db on the server and just drag the tables...
Old 02-12-2004, 08:26 AM   #6
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(I found this forum post while googling for "postgresql access", so this is a bit late in the game, but it might still be useful to someone.)

Access 2 MySQL is a small program that will convert Microsoft Access Databases to MySQL.
I haven't used it yet, so I'm not sure how well it works, but from the feature set I'd say it's exactly what you're looking for. It's also free for non-commercial purposes.
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The PostgreSQL how-to recommends this prog:
But I haven't tried it myself and the package hasn't been updated in over a year. Kind of a long time for a beta test. Maybe they're just being thorough.
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When all else fails, such as upsizing tools, exporting ASCII files and then using COPY to get them into Postgres usually works well. I had tables I had moved to Paradox files when I moved from Access to Delphi, and couldn't get Access to take them back and convert to ASCII so had to use whatever other tools I could find. Postgres is EVER so much more reliable than either Access, dBASE tables, or Paradox tables.


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