Hello Urs, > 1) > I assume on LInux (Debian based Mint version and an Ubuntu flavor) I > install a variant of the server (in the repository I find the 2.5 > variants, but I'd be also happy installing a downloaded 3.0 instead). > Then I need a generic DB manager like e.g. Flamerobin to do general > operations and basic DB editing. Or is it equally possible to do that in > the terminal? > Is that correct? > > That's mostly correct. 64Bit Firebird might be unable to open > old > database - I came to tha Problem with an FB 1.5 database > moving to FB 2.5. > > In that case you have to install either 32Bit package or an > old package.
64-bit or 32-bit - does not matter. You should be able to open that v.1.5 database with either Fb 1.5 or 2.0.6. You would probably get some errors trying to open it in Fb 2.1 or 2.5. That has nothing to do with 32-bit/64-bit but with changes in the on-disk structure. BTW, Flamerobin is a useful tool but all Firebird packages come with the isql utility, which runs in the command shell. You just have to make sure you run it from its own bin directory with ./ because there are other DBMS out there that have their own [incompatible] binaries with the same name. > > 2) > How can I determine the version of my existing database file? And how > can I convert that to a current one in the > expected case it isn't > compatible with my current installation? There is only the .fdb file and > no backup available. Start by downloading and installing the Fb 1.5.6 tar.gz kit from http://www.firebirdsql.org/en/firebird-1-5/#Linux_x86 ... Put the database file somewhere on the physical filesystem of the host machine. Use the gbak utility to take a backup which can be restored to a higher ODS. > > Once accessible FlameRobin can tell you the version of > datafile. You don't need Flamerobin for that. In the same directory, do ./gstat -h /path/to/database and look for the item "ODS version": 10.0 means it was created under Fb 1.0 10.1 """ Fb 1.5 11.0 """ Fb 2.0 11.1 """ Fb 2.1 11.2 """ Fb 2.5 After taking your gbak backup, decide which version you want to upgrade to. At both 2.0 and 2.1 there were changes that need repair when you restore the database, so read the release notes, especially the installation and migration document, which is common to both major versions. > So that boils down to having to try out different versions of > Firebird until I find one that can open the DB? Only if you want to! ;-) I would start with 1.5 so you have a good backup to work with. If you decide to go straight to 2.5, read the release notes thoroughly; but also get PDF release notes and installation docs for 2.0 and 2.1 from the Documentation zone. Particularly look at the gbak -c[reate] options for fixing data and metadata. because you will still need to do those fix options when you upgrade from the v.1.5 backup to Fb 2.5. I'd also recommend studying all the scripts that are in the tarball kit when you decompress it. When you get back "in the groove" you might consider doing the upgrade to Fb 3. -- Kind regards, Helen Borrie