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On 05/25/2012 07:16 AM, Jonathan Ryshpan wrote:
I have been attempting to send this posting for a while, and have only
recently noticed that the list does not accept attachments.  This has
(apparently) caused it to be silently rejected.  I have appended what 
had been attached to the end of this posting.

Sorry for the delay.

On Mon, 2012-05-21 at 14:40 -0700, Jonathan Ryshpan wrote:
... the database doesn't look like what I had expected it to: sqlite
databases contain within themselves the names and data types of all
the entries, but when libreOffice opens the database, there is no such
data visible.  Am I missing something.  A dump of the database using 
"$ sqlite3 <archive>.sdb .dump" looks fine.  Is this what I should expect,
or is something wrong, or am I missing something? On Tue, 2012-05-22

On Tue, 22 May 2012 at 00:43 +0200, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 21.05.2012 23:40, Jonathan Ryshpan wrote:


Ask your question on a SQLite forum with some _technical_ information 
about your operating system, SQLite version of the creating application, 
driver version, configuration file, connection URL of the client (Base 

Wow!  This is enough to singe my beard.  Nevertheless I am grateful for
all replies, even beard singeing ones.

I fear that I put in too much technical detail, rather than too little.
As you see, I am a complete newbie to LibreOffice base (oobase), and am
only trying to find out whether I have succeeded in getting oobase to
open my database properly.  I don't think a posting to an sqlite forum
would be useful, since this is really a question about oobase.  

If oobase has connected properly to the database, it is useless for my 
purpose and I will give up on it and do what needs done with a bunch of 
shell scripts. If oobase has not opened the database properly, I will 

Here is the technical info that Mr. Säger desires:

All my systems run Fedora-16.  The database was generated on an i686
system.  LibreOffice runs on an x86_64 system.  The database is
contained in a file named wview-archive.sdb generated on the i686 
system and copied to the x86_64 system.

The database was generated by wview, which can be downloaded at
My running version of wview is accessible (in case you want to know
the weather here) at:
The archive file is not visible from the web, but extracts from it 
are at:
The version of sqlite is included in 
The library is:
The drivers are in:

You might want to use a GUI configure tool. On debian it is unixodbc-bin
- Graphical tools for ODBC management and browsing

$ ODBConfig

Makes it much easier to configure.

On Fedora I think it might be unixODBC-gui-qt

and as specified in its initialization file (which follows)
        $ cat ~/.odbc
        [ODBC Data Sources]

        Description=My SQLite test database
        # optional lock timeout in milliseconds

My initial tests (successful as I can see all the date in the tables)
used the places.sqlite files for Firefox & SeaMonkey. (They are easy to
look at with an sqlite viewer to verify). I also have the old microsoft
Nwind.mdb as well.

Mine is installed on Ubuntu/Debian - (I'd need to fire up Fedora in a VM
to test that distro). Here is my .odbc.ini file (configured with OBDConfig):

$ cat /home/gl/.odbc.ini
Description = SQLite3
Driver = SQLite3
Database = /home/gl/.mozilla/seamonkey/<snipped>.default/places.sqlite
Timeout = 100000
StepAPI = No
ShortNames = No
NoCreat = No
SyncPragma = NORMAL
LoadExt =

Description = mdbtools
Driver  = mdbtools
Database= /home/gl/Documents/MyDocuments/Nwind.mdb

Description     = SQLite3
Driver          = SQLite3
Database        = /home/gl/.mozilla/firefox/<snipped>.default/places.sqlite
Timeout         = 100000
StepAPI         = No
ShortNames      = No
NoCreat         = No
SyncPragma      = NORMAL
LoadExt         =

Note the difference in the SQLite drivers (I simply use use SQLite3).

I'll give your database a try this weekend & also try to find my
notes/links on how I got mine working (should be a post in this list IIRC).

The start of a dump of the database is appended to this message. 
I.e. the output of
        $ sqlite3 archive.sdb .dump

If anyone else wants to know more about my struggles with oobase and 
sqlite, email me or post to the list.

All the best - jon

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