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Thanks again Tom, really appreciate it. Using MDB Tools (from the Ubuntu repository) I'm able to get a look at the data but not sure yet about the relationships etc. I'll keep your Postgresql advice in mind.

On 10/08/2014 03:18 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Do you know if the Access database has a lot of Tables and relationships between the Tables?

If it's just a few Tables then it might be relatively easy to export them from Access and into a solid back-end such as MySql/MariaDb or better might be Postgresql. There are tons of other good back-ends out there too.

Base is designed to be the middle section. It connects easily to data tables held in a wide range of different scenarios. Then Base does the Queries / Sql logic, calculations and filtering and also does the relationships between tables. It can do Forms and Reports but it also allows such Forms and Reports to be created in Writer and Calc.

So, normal users only see familiar interfaces. They don't have to struggle with unfamiliar tools. They don't have to go on a course to learn all about all aspects of creating a database just in order to be able to flick between different records in the database. Annoyingly i think that if you want users to input new data then they do have to use Forms and Reports from within Base itself.

Of course Access uses it's own unique version of Sql so you might need to redo some of the Queries/Sql. Also the Forms and Reports might need to be redone.

Once you have created such things outside of MS Access then moving between other products is fairly easy. For example if you started by moving the Tables into Base itself and used it's own internal back-end then it's relatively easy to move them to an external back-end some-time in the future, or between different back-ends. I think there are some fairly serious problems with Base's internal back-end so i think most experts would recommend either frequent back-ups or starting off with an external back-end right from the start.

There is some documentation at;
and on the Faq

Also it might well be worth poking around on the Apache OpenOffice forums because they have to deal with the same issue too.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

On 8 October 2014 09:25, Werner < <>> wrote:


    On 10/7/2014 20:46, m. nease wrote:


        I'd like to do some work on Access databases (.accdb files)
        but haven't
        been able to access(!) them using Base (and have no MS OS or MS
        Office--happily).  Is this possible?

    Some time ago I used the "Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant
    for Access"
    together with SQLExpress from MS to get at the data in a MS Access db.

    I just needed to get it into calc, but I would think you should be
    able to access it once the data is in SQLExpress using the ADO
    adapter, or in worst case you should be able to export it from


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