Subject RE: [ib-support] Non-technical database question
Author Cassandra Harley
>Well, if you know that no-one is connected to the database, then I think it
>is possible to do a straight file copy.
This is good to hear, as I will not really be making use of the
client/server capabilities of Firebird. ie the database will only ever have
one connection, that being to the application that is running.

>(provided the hardware is similar,
>e.g. copying from a machine running an 80x86 processor to something
>completely different will invariably fail).
Why is the hardware important? ie. if I am running the same OS on both,
should they then both work.

>I don't think you've told us enough about the requirements for us to
>help you decide whether Firebird is a good choice or not.
Well, the program is to store information for an employer (particulary a
employer of itinerate workers, ie a cotton-chipping contractor, or fruit
picker). The program will print out payslips and other reports, as well as
the compliance reports for the Tax Office.
Mobility is a key part of the database, while needing more then one user
connected is not nessecary at all. When I say mobility, what I am
envisioning is something like MSWord being able to open and edit a document.
In the same way that you can copy a word document to disk (or email), I want
to be able to copy a 'database' (or 'dataset') so that the user can move it
to another computer.
ie An employee uses the program all year, but come end of year tax time,
rather then printing out heaps of reports he will just send the data file to
the accountant, who can print out the reports that he needs.

>I've enjoyed reading about your learning curve at this list.
I am always please to hear that someone is getting some enjoyment out of my
searching (as opposed to hair pulling!!)

Thanks heaps