Re: A minimal relational database in Debian?
- Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:43:33 +0100
- From: <tomas@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: A minimal relational database in Debian?
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On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 07:17:56AM -0600, Richard Owlett wrote:
> The last time I needed a relational database my employer was using
> dBaseII on a MS-DOS machine.
Hm. A strange "relational" database indeed...
> What is a functional equivalent in the Debian repository?
> I looked at at LibreOffice Base. It was unusable as its "help"
> system provided no intrinsic way to increase fonts to a legible
LibreOffice Base is, AFAIK *not* a relational database, but just
a -possibly graphical- user interface to one. Relational databases,
as I know them, have no "fonts", for example.
Sorry for sounding somewhat snarky, but I'm trying to help you refine
your requirements. What is it exactly what you are looking for?
- some kind of dBase clone (in a very loose sense), i.e. some
GUI where you can click together small data-centric GUI apps?
"Relational", perhaps "concurrent multi-user" not so important?
I have to defer to others in this one. But perhaps you might
want to look into gambas (for which you'd need a "real" database
beneath, see below)
- a "relational"  database with transactions, SQL, perhaps some
concurrent multi-user capabilities?
Here, you could do significantly worse than PostgreSQL. Highly
recommended. Or, if you want to embed it into applications and
don't care about multi-user (and many other niceties), you
might want to look into sqlite. Then there is MariaDB (which
was formerly spelled MySQL, but Oracle). Others will disagree,
but my take is: don't if you don't have to.
(The first class of applications might contain one of the second
class as embedded data store -- or it might not).
What does you use case look like, approximately?
 Yeah: absolute purists will say most SQL databases out there
are not relational, and they'd be right
- -- tomás
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