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--- On Wed, 8/2/12, Tom Davies <> wrote:

From: Tom Davies <>
Subject: Re: Installing MySQL Connector
To: ... 
Date: Wednesday, 8 February, 2012, 16:51

Hi :)
1.  Don't worry about people being weird on-list.  Not everyone has good people skills as they 
might have more skill in other crucial areas.  Lets get this back on the list as a new thread.  

2.  Dan, Alex, Andreas and Jay have more skill and knowledge about Base than most of us.  Heinrich 
and i are stumbling our way through with Heinrich gaining hands-on experience in Windows.  

Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Wed, 8/2/12, Tony Sumner <> wrote:

From: Tony Sumner <>
Subject: Installing MySQL Connector
Date: Wednesday, 8 February, 2012, 16:22

Thanks for your help. I have made some progress but first of all my
apologies for (inadvertently) hijacking someone else's thread. I have
no idea how that happened and it has not happened before on any of the
many mailing lists I have used. To make sure it does not happen again
I am not using the list for this.

It's interesting, Heinrich, to learn that the native connector works
only in Vista; I am on Windows XP. I don't understand why an extension
should be required when LO says that the 'ODBC connector is
built-in'. Dan suggests I obtain it and Tom says there isn't one so I
can only report on what happens with the built-in one.

I downloaded the Windows connector from and executed the MSI file
mysql-connector-odbc-5.1.10-win32.msi which gave me a file  myodbc-installer.exe* and a README.txt 
which said
 run the .exe file in a command window. I tried
RUN thinking that was the same thing which is why I got a window for 1ms. 
This time I went to Command Prompt and ran it there and got a help file
which explained what to do. I did what it said and everything went well, 
apparently, ie I registered a driver and created a database source name. 
Then to LO where I selected 'connect to an existing database', quoted the
DSN and clicked on 'test connection'. The result was "[MySQL][ODBC Driver]
can't connect to MySQL server@localhost".

So all I have done is confirm that it doesn't work. 

Maybe I'll try JDBC -- but it did say that ODBC is built in. 

Thanks again


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