Subject Re: [firebird-support] Access 32 bit DB on 64 bit system?
Author Thomas Steinmaurer
>> I've archived some old FDB files since my Win2000 (32 bit) days, and
>> unfortunately some of them are available only in FDB form, not as a
>> backup file.
>> Is there any way I can get access to them on my current 64 bit system
>> with only 64 bit Firebird installed?
> The database file is binary compatible between 32 and 64-bit, thus you
> should be able to open the database with a 64-bit Firebird server just
> fine. What you can't do is mixing 32/64-bit server processes accessing
> the same database at the same time.

Forgot to mention, in case your database is using third-party 32-bit UDF
libraries, you need them in a 64-bit edition when accessing the database
via a 64-bit server.

>> No problem having to go via backup/restore or something, but I'd rather
>> not muck about with installing 32 bit Firebird... (Would that help?)
> Btw, you can run an additional "temporary" 32-bit server instance by
> using the ZIP distribution very easily, even on an 64-bit OS of course.

With regards,
Thomas Steinmaurer (^TS^)
Firebird Technology Evangelist

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