Opening a .odb file

Asked by paul fellows

I recently downloaded the Open Office Base application to get a little practice in the construction and use of databases. Base works well enough but when I try to open the saved file Archive manager comoes up with the following message:

Could not open "Ebay Watch List.odb"

Archive type not supported.

I can open the file by right clicking and opening the file with Base it's just the neatness of the thing. Can anyone help with what I might have to do to allow the archive manager to open the file.

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Please tell the release of Ubuntu you are using ... ?

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

BTW please be sure to install and rune the: if you are using

libreoffice-base if you are using libreoffice

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

May be you need to recover a corrupted database

or better you ask into

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paul fellows (paulf0412) said :

I have just today upgraded to 12.04. before that i was using 11.10. It is libre office base I am using and libre office. I had the same problem with opening the .odb files with 11.10

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Best Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said :

Hi Paul

The problem is that the the File Browser has Archive Manager set as the default application for odb files. You need to right click on the file and select Properties. Then go to the Open With tab and make sure LibreOffice Base is set as the default application.

As Marco says, you need to make sure you have Libre Office Base installed. Its not installed by default from the Ubuntu CD install. You can install it from the Software Centre.

If you do not have Base installed, then the file manager will try and open the file with Archive Manager.


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paul fellows (paulf0412) said :

Thanks Tony Pursell, that solved my question.

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