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I ran into an issue with my open office base file. It appears to be locked (I have file.odb and file.odb.lck). Now I can open the base file, but as soon as I select Tables it crashes on me and when I open any of the Reports, it crashes on me.

How do I unlock it? Or is it a different issue other than file lock?


EDIT (13.VIII.2012, 12.54) Let me add a bit more info. It's openoffice 3.4, running on Windows XP pro 32-bit OS. There is no screen shot I can get of you a crash, since as soon as I click on Table or trying to open any Reports, the file crashes and closes. I can open the file, just can't do anything to it.

EDIT (13.VIII.2012, 13.00) Here is what the .lck file holds in it:


Let me know if that helps!

EDIT (13.VIII.2012, 16.45)

Here is the error message, I get after I try to save the file as...:

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EDIT (14.VIII.2012, 10.01)

Hopefully, this one helps a little more:

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I believe you can simply delete the lock file. Also, it might help to know the platform/version/&c that you're running on---in order to cite the relevant docs, if nothing else. – nerdinexile Aug 13 '12 at 16:14
Please add more information about "crash" : Exact description of what you do, error messages text and if possible screenshots. – harrymc Aug 13 '12 at 17:48
@harrymc Can't get you a screenshot as it's closes as soon as I click on either tables or try to open a report. – George Aug 13 '12 at 17:58
@nerdinexile No, that doesn't fix the issue. – George Aug 13 '12 at 18:00
You mean that OpenOffice itself crashes and disappears ? There may be some useful information about it in the Event Viewer (better look immediately after a crash). You could also verify if you have all permissions on the database files (renaming the .lck file is a good start). – harrymc Aug 13 '12 at 18:06

A wild guess is all I can do : Your database is either corrupted or something in it causes Base (not known for stability) to crash.

Assuming that your database is dead, I suggest that you try at least to recover your data.
See this tutorial : Recovering a damaged odb file.

Let me know how this recovery procedure worked for you.

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Well, I was able to follow the instructions, so thank you for providing them! However, the script is fine, it's data appears to be corrupt. I am screwed, ain't I? – George Aug 14 '12 at 19:56
Googling finds some repair products for odb files. However, they are all commercial although with trials available and some with money-back guarantee (for what's worth). I cannot recommend any of them since I never had this problem (never used OO). You could also try an alternative free suite and try to import your data. – harrymc Aug 15 '12 at 5:47
... for example LibreOffice can probably open your database and might not suffer from the same bug. Google Docs may also be able to import your database. – harrymc Aug 16 '12 at 7:49
I tried LibreOffice and it didn't work either. I'll try google docs next, thanks! – George Aug 16 '12 at 15:46
In addition : IBM Lotus Symphony is based on OO, Zoho supports OO formats. – harrymc Aug 16 '12 at 16:03

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