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Hello Tony,
Funny - I find exactly the opposite: the native MySQL-connector works perfectly
well under Windows/Vista with me, but I cannot get it to work under
either Debian-Wheezy or Linux/Mint-Lisa. Even though there is a lot of
discouragement regarding the usage of JDBC under LO (them obviously wanting
to diminish the dependency on Java!), I am actually using the JDBC-connector
on my Linux systems. It seems somewhat less buggy than ODBC.
In any case, I am trying out the native MySQL connector under Linux EVERY new
version of LO - so far with no success. If I had the time to do so, I would
compile the connector myself.
I have been using Base under both OO and LO for years (after using Lotus/Approach
before). What I REALLY want to do is build an application system for the
administration of a wind band (musicians, literature, uniforms, concerts,
supporting members and outside business contacts, etc., etc.) based on one of
the available frameworks (eg. Symphony). So far I have built my "homepage"
( using the PHP-Framework "Seagull". Unfortunately there
doesn't seem to be much going on within that framework anymore.
Regards from Salzburg

On Wed, 09 May 2012 10:09:32 +0200, Tony Sumner <> wrote:

A while back Tom asked people to tell their stories so this is mine.

I started with a project to create an application using a DBMS to
manage our local currency. This would be used by relatively basic
users who would almost certainly want to use Windows. I already had a
working knowledge of MySQL and I knew how to use that to do all the
admin tasks but I needed a GUI to do data entry and report writing. So
I started by trying to connect LO to MySQL with the ODBC connector.
After a lot of reading I installed the MyODBC connector, created a
driver and a DSN amd LO said "Can't find driver" or something like
that. I thought I'd try it in Linux to get the hang of it before
settling down to work in Windows and this gave me "Can't find library"
or something like that. Then I found that LO will connect to MySQL
directly without the need for a connector so I tried that and it
worked. But this facility is not available in Windows.  OOo does have
the facility to connect directly to MySQL in Windows so at last I can
get on with the project. OOo does what I want and OOo Base is pretty
much like LO Base so I'm afraid it is goodbye LO.

Been good to know you


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