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Ronw 09-11-2003 07:59 PM

Relational Database on Linux
As a new users to Linux and running mandrake 9.1 I ahve need of a database similar to Paradox as used in Windows. I want a stand alone Database that does not need a server component. I just want a good relational database. I like working with QBE instead of having to make a SQL querry.
Any sugegstions what to use

c0rrupt0 09-11-2003 11:51 PM

not familure with paradox but I do know there is a SQL type db that is standalone and nto a server. It can also be used with php.

Ronw 09-14-2003 12:36 AM

No, what I want is a complete relational database program similar to Access, Dbase or Paradox. All these products have the database engine and the front end client program in one program. I do not want to have to run a server engine and then a front end cleint to do simple database work. Surely somone in Linux world has a standalone database program.

markus1982 09-14-2003 02:05 AM

First of all, never call MS Access or DBase real databases ... having to work with them at work I'd never even mention them in the same sentence. Install MySQL and go for phpMyAdmin

Ronw 09-14-2003 03:49 PM

That is a currious answer of course dBase is a real relational database and as one of the first xbase systems available is the heart of many stand alone programs. I do not see the point in running up a full install of MYSQL and having to deal with all the client server problems when all I want to do is write some reasonably simple database applications.
I might have to go down the Wine road but that also seems overkill

buttersoft 11-11-2003 09:35 AM

I also use Paradox, and don't want to go the Wine route.

I am currently using Mysql in conjunction with mySQL Manager from

Of course this is a paid for tool, but it is totally what I needed to transfer from Paradox to mySQL......

Hope this helps you too.

buttersoft 11-11-2003 09:46 AM

I also have one machine dual booted still running Paradox, I like Paradox very much, shame there is not an equivalent in Linux.

buttersoft 11-11-2003 11:55 AM


You can also investigate knoda V0.5.6 that is a very handy piece of software, allowing easy connection to mySQL databases, updates, queries and so forth.

Ronw 11-11-2003 01:30 PM

Thanks for replies. I have looked at MYSQL manager but was put off by the cost. Also I cannot see how one does reporting with MYSQL. Does one have to extract their data and then use a 3rd party product to format and print?

-X- 11-11-2003 02:03 PM

Don't know what you want to do, but Open Office connects to mysql and postgresql. Here's some info;

Someone wrote a document with step-by-step, forms and such, but can't find it now.

Little more info:

leipper 11-11-2003 02:40 PM

I finally got around to running Paradox 3.5 in a Dos EMU window with the net share on the proper drive letter. Now I need to figure out how to get some of the debug keystrokes to function. (been using OS/2 dosbox for years and that one is going to be hard to match)

If you need something to read Paradox files, try
paradox file reader in java
is the source.
Should be easy to modify to dump data to an SQL server, maybe, if you know about accessing database services with Java.

One of these days I am going to have to upgrade that software to something a bit less 'legacy' - but Paradox for DOS was. and still is, such a nice solution for that particular problem.

It will probably be a LAMP solution, next, I guess.

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