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Hi :)
I think quite a few of us owe a huge thanks to Dan for being a total star.  Certainly i do.  
Chapter 3 is larger than 3 chapters of most other guides and it's even larger than the current 
iteration of one entire guide!  (Although i think the Maths Guide might grow a bit for the 3.7.x).  
Also Dan seems to have fixed Chapter 2 of the Base Guide.  

There are a few people working on a Base Handbook, translating it from the German.  A couple of 
people translated the French Faq's Base section into English.  But all that is quite a lot 
different from researching and writing a hefty guide from scratch!  

So, top marks to Dan from me, if that counts for anything (sadly it doesn't).  Please can people 
who do know about Base try reading the 2nd and 3rd chapters?  That might help the docs team get it 
through the proof-reading stage.  Also it would be interesting to hear from people who know nothing 
about database programs to hear if it helped or made sense.  

Of course there are different possible approaches for writing a guide and this isn't a good time to 
try to steer the guide in a different direction.  Between the handbook, the Faq and the guide most 
people will hopefully be able to find a way into understanding Base even if they haven't been aware 
of using database programs before.  

Again, a million thanks to Dan from me.  
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Dan Lewis <>
Sent: Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 19:38
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Connecting LO Base to an SQL DB [SOLVED]

     This is the link to the LibreOffice guides. The Base section contain links to the first 3 
chapters of the Base Guide. Chapter 1 has been published. Chapter 2 & 3 are still in draft form.

--Dan (Eastern US)

On 11/06/2012 10:29 AM, Pertti Rönnberg wrote:
Thank you Dan, IanW and Heinrich
for your kind answering and encouraging!
The other day when some spare time I shall study your advice and try again.

Is it not fantastic that we like this can discuss things all across the word!!!
Pertti Rönnberg (Finland)

On 6.11.2012 15:12, Dan Lewis wrote:
Base as a stand alone refers to embedded databases (the database data is contained in the 
database file. This type of database can lose data.
      However, this does not mean that you have to use MySQL, Presgresql, or Oracle, ... Nor do 
you have to install a JDBC or ODBC driver for Base to connect to the data. Base includes its own 
JDBC driver. Everything you need is included in the installed Base files.
      The last section of Chapter 3 of the Base Guide discusses how to extract the data from an 
embedded database and connect to this data using Base. (The data becomes an external data 
source. I don't have time right now to upload this to the LO Wiki, but I will be doing it in 
about 6 hours or so. Warning: it is a draft copy, but you are free to study it and make any 
suggestions or comments about it.


On 11/06/2012 04:34 AM, Pertti Rönnberg wrote:
Hello LibO experts,
and congratulations IanW!

It has been very interesting to follow this discussion getting Base working with MySQL.
Unfortunately -- if I got it right - is Ian's OS a Linux (Ubuntu?)

Would it be possible to get the same proceeding described as a step-by-step instruction for 
Windows7 (64bit)?
    in plain english  (no IT-jargong)
    starting from the very beginning defining the different programs (versions) and 
components (ODBC, JDBC, JRE, etc when needed, included) to be installed

Since Andreas Säger (one of LibO db-experts) last winter and spring repeatedly pointed out 
that LibO/Base is not to be considered as a stand-alone database program I have several times 
tried to create the connection LibO/Base to SQLite and to MySQL (I prefer SQLite as lighter 
than MySQL), but without success.

I am sure that such an instruction could increase the acceptance and usability of LibO and
I am sure that we are many that would be happy.
Pertti Rönnberg

On 6.11.2012 9:54, Steve Edmonds wrote:

On 2012-11-06 20:41, Ian Whitfield wrote:
Thanks Guys!! (Girvin, Henirich, Dan, Mas and maybe others!!)

You have all added some pieces to the Jigsaw and I'm pleased to say......

*I now have Base working with a MySQL Database!!!! (at last!!)*

As Girvin would say "My Bad"!! I had been looking for the file 'my.cfg' when it should have 
been 'my.cnf'. This was the last missing piece, once I found it and found the 
"skip-networking" line inside it and commented it out everything worked fine.

So once again guys - thanks for sticking with me - awesome support and I do appreciate it!!

Now the fun starts - I have already designed my Form yesterday but now need to puzzle out 
how to get all my data out of the old DB into the new SQL DB. And then re-write all my 
Queries and reports.

Greatly appreciated - regards from South Africa

Pretoria RSA.

If you can get your data out of the old database as a csv file it is real easy to load into 
You can use the command line MySQL command or if you install webmin it makes database admin 

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