The blog has moved to http://jessehouse.com/ ... Many google searches point here so I am leaving it operational, but there will be no new posts.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
"Impossible to connect to file" error opening dBase file with open office on ubuntu
Turns out the ubuntu distribution of Open Office does not include the 'Database' product by default, it tries to open the file with the spread sheet program which can not handle it and errors with "Impossible to connect to file". The fix is to install the database product
System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
After installing you should see the 'Open Office.org Database' under Applications menu