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Walther Koehler wrote

to Andreas Säger <villeroy@>

Hallo Andreas,

thank you for your short practical guide how to use a .dbf for serial
I spent a lot of time fiddling around reading books etc. and couldnt come
with a result. With your advice LO did what I want within some minutes. I 
never understood what .odb is for: Its a simple container for a table etc.

so long


Walter, I think you refer to another topic: 
This mail belongs to thread "Problems importing an OO database into LO by
ptoye "

I'm sorry to disagree. Except for the "embedded HSQLDB" type of database,
Bases files do not contain any tables. 
You always _connect_ some Base file to some database, spreadsheet, csv file,
to the address book of some email application. Then you can see the tables
of the connected data source. The tables are in some other file or
directory. In case of dBase you connect a Base document to a directory of
.dbf files. When you edit the data in the Base document or in Writer's data
source window, the connected .dbf file(s) will be modified, the Base
document remains untouched.
Normally you create the data source with some other software and connect a
Base document to it in order to user these data in office documents. The
status bar indicates the type and the location of the connected data source.
When Base creates a new database with new tables from scratch, the .odb file
carries the data source in the .odb. The status bar shows "embedded HSQLDB".
This topic deals with this embedded HSQLDB, why it should not be used
(except for demos and learning stuff), how to get such a database out of the
.odb so it can be used as an external database with better database
software, why Base never reached the status of a mature database
application, why it is extremely useful anyway, how to use Base in in other
ways than documented ...

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