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If you are using Ubuntu, you can download MDB Viewer. It will open a Access database and reveal the database. With this you can export the tables. I think it does have some problems with exporting queries, but I'm not sure. It has been some time since I played around with it. Also, I seem to remember that Base can connect to an Access database using a driver (the bottom part of the Base wizard). As I understand it, the driver is part of the windows os. I think it may be AOO. If you use a Windows OS, then it should be in the list of drivers in the bottom drop down list with default value JDBC.


On 01/11/2013 08:13 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I think i need to explore this a bit more tomorrow.  I tried both types of quotes and no quotes.  
Then i made the field names unique and all lower-case and i tried using a query as the source 
rather than a table.  Then i tried editing my Sql code to the most basic example on the page
but even once i took out the "Select" part the error message kept grumbling about it.  So i think i 
might need to write the code in Gedit or something and then copy&paste the code into a fresh query.

I'm not quite sure what i'm doing wrong but that is not a big surprise.  I've got a bit of reading 
to do and some of that should make more sense now i've played around a bit.
Thanks all and regards from
Tom :)
From: Dan Lewis <>
Sent: Friday, 11 January 2013, 23:08
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Base:  Action Queries

       I wonder about the last line of your code:


Above this line you used  "OrgName"
       Your field has upper and lower case letters. When this is the
case, you must enclose the field's name in double quotes. So, I'm
thinking that this is likely the problem.

       A quote from the HSQLDB Guide (version 1.8):
       The character set for quoted identifiers (names) in HSQLDB is Unicode.
A unquoted identifier (name) starts with a letter and is followed by any
number of AS-
CII letters or digits. When an SQL statement is issued, any lowercase
characters in un-
quoted identifiers are converted to uppercase. Because of this, unquoted
names are in
fact ALL UPPERCASE when used in SQL statements. An important implication
of this
is the for accessing columns names via JDBC DatabaseMetaData: the
internal form,
which is the ALL UPPERCASE must be used if the column name was not
quoted in the
CREATE TABLE statement.
       Quoted identifiers can be used as names (for tables, columns,
constraints or indexes).
Quoted identifiers start and end with " (one doublequote). A quoted
identifier can con-
tain any Unicode character, including space. In a quoted identifier use
"" (two double-
quotes) to create a " (one doublequote). With quoted identifiers it is
possible to create
mixed-case table and column names.


On 01/11/2013 04:42 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Thanks guys :)  Ok, so i am starting out with the embedded database against all advice but just so that i can keep 
emailing it to myself easily until i get to grips with it better.  Then i hope to export this table to whatever small 
back-end seems best.  My Sql coding gets rejected "Syntax error in SQL expression" and then these "SQL 
Status: HY000   Error code: 1000   Syntax error in SQL expression"
"SQL Status: HY000   Error code: 1000"
"SQL Status: HY000   Error code: 1000   syntax error, unexpected $end, expecting BETWEEN or IN or 

Here's 'my' code

("IdOfOrg", "IdOfPerson", "OrgName")
SELECT ("IdOfOrg", "IdOfPerson", "OrgName")
FROM  "zzQuery1"

Regards from
Tom :)
From: Alex Thurgood <>
Sent: Friday, 11 January 2013, 20:46
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Base:  Action Queries

Le 11/01/2013 21:28, Tom Davies a écrit :

Hi Tom,

I've exported a tiny part of the data, and ended up with 2 columns
Not all clients have a company name so there are a lot of blanks in the 2nd column.  I've written a 
query to just show the non-blanks (=non-nulls) but now i want to make that into a table in it's own 
right.  Is there an easy way to get a query to create the table for me or should i export as a Csv?
This might help



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