Subject Re: [firebird-support] fdb file not working on mac
Author David Smith
I'm using your book, but I didn't get as far as page 819, but there it is.

On 7/14/07, Helen Borrie <helebor@...> wrote:
> At 11:30 AM 14/07/2007, you wrote:
> >I created a firebird database on my windows PC. It was originally
> >created w/version 1.5. It worked fine when I upgraded to v2 on
> >windows. I installed firebird v2.0.1 on my mac, copied the database
> >over and it doesn't work. When I try to connect, I get an error
> >message reading "*.fdb is not a valid database".
> >So there are 2
> >questions: 1) Should a database created on a windows box work if
> >copied to some other platform, like Mac or Linux.
> Yes if the chip architecture is the same, no otherwise. Your problem
> here is a thing called "Endianness". i86 (the Intel architecture) is
> "little Endian" while the Motorola chip architecture is "big
> Endian". (It's to do with which "end" (or side) the significant bits
> are stored on.)
> >2) Does it matter
> >that the database was originally created w/v1.5 and now I'm trying to
> >use it w/2.0.1 on different platform?
> A read of the documentation would quickly lead you to the right
> answers. Without giving intense details (which you need to study)
> you create a transportable gbak backup under the Windows server for
> the database you want to source from, then you use gbak on the
> destination server to restore the gbak backup.
> ./heLen