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Hi :)
We don't have a formal way of marking a thread as solved.  Mostly people
don't even try.  Sometimes people do as i just did (copied from i think or maybe Wolvix forums back in the day) or
elsewhere in the subject-line.

Thanks for the thanks, but i think it was the "everyone else" that really
earned it. :)  I just did a typical rant and then bits&bobs about work-flow

Anyway, congrats and regards from
Tom :)

On 8 October 2014 20:50, m. nease <> wrote:

 Thanks Tom (and everyone),

I'll keep that in mind for future replies.

Meanwhile, I think I've had enough advice for now and should perhaps mark
the thread 'solved' (can someone advise me how to do that)?

To sum up, I'm convinced at this point that working a MS database from
Base just isn't practical and that the data need to be exported from the
Access db on a Windows machine with Access installed.  I had a brilliant
suggestion off-line:  try the library?  Of course.  My local library does
have MS Office and I should be able to do anything I want with the thing
there, including exporting the data for entry at home into a Base db.  Duh!
(Thanks, Brian!)

Thanks again to everyone for your time and attention.


On 10/08/2014 12:31 PM, Tom Davies wrote:

Hi :)
You can include comments to various different people in a single email.

I like the DistroWatch method of saying something to the whole mailing-list
in general and then various paragraphs such as

@ Tom, Alex, Werner, Peter, Janoslaw, Dan, etc.  Thanks! :)

@ Dan.  ...

@ Peter.  Not had chance to try that yet but thanks.  So far just dodging
Windows entirely!

@ whoever ....

I think Peter is onto a winner because he's actually done it the most
recently out of all of us.  I haven't managed it at all yet (except by
convincing my boss that we really don't need the crumbling old database at
all nowadays anyway and moved to just a VERY simple csv file instead of
having any database)

I think Jaroslaw wasn't a specific suggestion for this particular case but
more an idea for the whole of LibreOffice to consider for the future.
Really would be better to mention it on the "Discuss" mailing list except
that it's probably difficult to talk about Base there.  Bringing it up here
means he does actually reach people interested in and knowledgeable about
Base.  We often go off-track on this list and that often helps the person
deal with other stuff or work-out a better work-around.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 8 October 2014 19:29, m. nease <> <> wrote:

  Thanks, Jaroslaw,

Your ideal solution is a bit over my head at this time, but I do
appreciate it and will hang onto it for future reference.

Thanks again for your time and attention.


On 10/08/2014 07:21 AM, Jaroslaw Staniek wrote:

On 8 October 2014 12:08, Tom Davies <> <> <> 
<> wrote:

 Hi :)
I think Alex and Werner are giving good answers but you'll need to find
some way of temporarily borrowing a Windows machine in order to help.

Access is part of the whole vendor lock-in thing that MS seems to do so
well.  They don't seem to want to make it easy for people to use other
products to read their stuff as that seems to ensure that people 'have to'
keep buying into their products.

Once people DO start using non-MS alternatives they tend to find it easy to
move between a variety of different programs and tools quite easily.  They
also tend to never go back to MS tools because MS tools just aren't as safe
and reliable and don't perform so well either.

So, MS seems to have to create as many blockers as possible to avoid people
just quickly trying out alternatives.  They can't seem to compete on
quality or in "fair markets"


BTW, This is also why Kexi does not use Windows-only ADO, which (as
many believe) would be another variant of the lock-in.
mdbtools is used exclusively, under the mask.

Ideal solution would be to start and maintain a port of Jackcess to
C/C++ to avoid Java, even greater if this was independent project, not
a part of LO or Kexi.


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