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Hi :)
Hmmm, actually i've only just realised that a 2nd grab from the
'proprietary' back-end data-tables might not be such a nightmare.
Just keep a copy of the current export as it is so that the new grab
can be compared against it.  Any differences could then be added to
the data-tables held fairly locally.  Hopefully it's unlikely that
different updates would happen to a single old field both here and

Anyway, i guess my main question is could Base be used as the
front-end for data tables (the back-end) that is online?
Regards from
Tom :)

On 16 January 2014 10:32, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
Thanks :)  I guess that is part of my question.  The original back-end
of the database in this case is MySql/MariaDb.  Base can normally use
MySql/MariaDb as it's own back-end so there would seem to be 2
different routes that might be worth considering;

1.  Attach Base directly to the existing MySql/MariaDb that is hosted
on some web-site (or at least on an internet-facing server such as a
Cloud).  I know the back-end can either be on a local machine or on a
local-area-network but could it work over the internet too?

2.  Since the exported data is already laid out for MySql/MariaDb then
just install MySql or MariaDb locally (onto the same desktop machine
that is using Base) or onto a LAN file-share so that all machines can
use Base (or other front-ends) to access the data.  This seems to be
the route Alex is suggesting except he goes further and suggests using
a fairly local machine that already has MySql installed and just
adding the exports as a new file on that machine.

Carl, the o.p., seems to be thinking about the 3rd route and walking
headlong into the type of troubles Jay just outlined.  As i see it the
problem with the 2nd or 3rd routes is that exporting data gives static
data.  As time goes on the original database gets updated with new
data.  So maybe at some point a new export might need to be grabbed
and then somehow figure out a way to merge the updated data at this
end with the updated data from over there.  New records/rows are
tricky enough but tracking changes in fields/columns in individual
ancient records would be a complete nightmare.  If it's a case of a
single snapshot to rescue data from a sinking Cloud then none of that
is a worry and the single export routes are perfect

So it's really route 1 that i'm curious about and really in a yes/no
way rather than in any detail.  Carl doesn't seem to be thinking along
those lines so this is a bit of a tangent that will probably crop up
again in a future thread and be more relevant then.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 16 January 2014 01:57, Jay Lozier <> wrote:

The initial format and some of the data types would need to be converted so
the syntax matched to the new . This is a well known problem when migrating
from one SQL database to another where there are added, non-standard data


On 01/15/2014 05:12 PM, Tom Davies wrote:

Hi :)
Is it likely to be possible to connect Base directly to the original
data?  So that instead of getting an export or a dump of the data it
can be read dynamically?

I know it is not what the o.p. is asking for but i often wonder.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 15 January 2014 22:03, Alex Thurgood <> wrote:

Le 15/01/2014 22:08, Carl Paulsen a écrit :

Hi Carl,


This is enough to tell us that the data came from a mysql database
originally. MyISAM is the default engine for non-transactional MySQL
databases :

In the sample table you give, the table/field definitions are particular
to mysql, so if you try to run that sql with another db engine, e.g. in
hsqldb via LO Tools > SQL, it will fail because it will not recognise
the field types you're trying to create (e.g. enum, mediumint.

So, your best bet would be to import that into a mysql server, assuming
you have one to hand and you have some kind of console/terminal access
(localhost / same machine):

mysql < '/path/to/myfiletoimport.sql'

optionally with -p if you require authentication for the user that is
connecting to the mysql server :

mysql -p < '/path/to/myfileimport.sql'

There are many web sites on the internet that are full of information on
how to set up and import data into a mysql server.


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