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Le 19/01/2014 12:15, Ernest Dale a écrit :


To surmount the problem I have downloaded Libre Office and attempted to
transfer the database on to it. I appear to have succeeded but the result
is what looks like a spreadsheet and I cannot find a way to display one
record at a time.

1) How did you transfer the database ? LO can not read APR files per se.

2) LO can read the dbf files that Lotus Approach creates to store its data :

- by default in Calc, the spreadsheet component, this might be what you
are seeing on your screen, but you don't give enough detail to clue us
in a bit more - however, this will not be a database, and there are
known issues when re-exporting (i.e. saving) your data from Calc in DBF3
format ;

- you can import the dbf files into a new LO Base file, using the
database creation wizard, and choosing "Connect to existing database".
DBF should be in the drop down list of selectable db types. Make sure
that the tables you want to connect to are all in the same directory.

When importing multiple DBF tables into an ODB file (LibreOffice
database file), you will lose all relationship constraints. DBF support
in LO does not extend to multitable queries, foreign key setting or
relational integrity. You will lose all your forms and queries. You
might be able to export your queries from Approach as SQL (haven't
checked), but if they involve joins, they will no longer work in LO.

The only way I know of currently, at least on Windows, to have
multitable DBF queries with LO is to use ODBC, which means you would
have to find a driver that will work for you.

Note that once you have created your ODB file referencing DBF tables,
you could re-import them from the DBF/ODB by drag and drop into a
default embedded hsqldb ODB file of your making (File > new Database),
and then reconstruct the key constraints, queries and forms.


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