[Wine] WIne, Access 97 and mysql question/problem
daniel.kasak at 247realmedia.com
Mon Mar 16 17:04:23 CDT 2009
On Mon, 2009-03-16 at 15:07 -0500, wpflum wrote:
> I'm trying to get Access 97 running under wine and have it connect to a
> mysql server running on the linux side of the machine. I was able to
> get Access 97 installed and it runs good but no matter what I do I
> cannot get it to connect to the mysql server through the odbc
OK firstly, I don't know that you're going to get acceptable results out
of Wine and Access. I dedicated quite a bit of time to this at my
previous job, and ended up deciding it wasn't going to be stable enough.
At the time I was trying both the open-source wine and CrossOver Office.
If you don't have access to a Windows system, it might *just* be OK for
exporting your data, copying some VB code out, making screenshots of
query designs, etc, but I would *strongly* advise against using in a
Secondly, the *only* connector I got going successfully was
MyODBC-3.51.12. They changed something shortly after this which broke
compatibility with wine / crossover, as far as I could tell. From memory
I needed MSDAC-2.6 ( Microsoft Data Access Components ), but this could
have been more to do with my code that MyODBC ... can't remember.
Shameless plug alert ...
What I eventually did ( after investigating OpenOffice, Kylix and
Rekally ) was to write myself some Perl classes to manage recordsets and
bind them to Gtk2 widgets ( you build the UI in Glade, which is a GUI
editor for Gtk2 apps ). This ended up being far more successful than I
ever imagined it would be, and now I have a number of large production
systems running on it. All the classes are open-source and
cross-platform ( installed on 50% linux, 50% windows 2000 desktops ),
and available from cpan or on my website:
http://entropy.homelinux.org/axis/ ( there are some screenshots of
production systems there somewhere ).
I'm also working on a GUI builder for setting everything up, but it's on
the backburner as I have a 7-month old baby and he's taking up *all* my
Anyway if you're looking to get a database front-end going on Linux,
this is how I'd do it. Sure you have to rebuild your GUI ( yeah ... and
code ), but you pick up some very nice advantages along the way. Gtk2 is
a much nicer toolkit than Access' limited widget set - you get dynamic
resizing of widgets / forms, a *real* MVC treeview widget, themable
interface, etc. Also Perl is a much nicer language than VB :) And it's
all cross-platform, which is a much better solution in the long term
that trying to get Access running under Wine, and then stop MAD ( Mad
Access Disease ) and the endless cycle of crash, compact & repair,
crash, compact & repair ... ... ... I'm sure you know what I mean.
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