[R] reading in mdb and outputting to sql (GIS application)
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Aug 14 19:05:00 CEST 2009
The AT Access driver works reasonably well: it is described in the
current RODBC manual.
On Fri, 14 Aug 2009, Marc Schwartz wrote:
> On Aug 14, 2009, at 10:29 AM, stephen sefick wrote:
>> I have a geodatabase and would like to import it into GRASS, but it is
>> in .mbf. I use mac and linux, and don't have access to access on the
>> machines that I normally use. I do have access to access at school,
>> but I would like to find a way around this if possible. Any thoughts,
>> comments, or suggestions would be welcome.
> I think that on Linux and OSX, from an open source perspective, the only
> option is to use MDB Tools, though I have seen mixed reports of success,
> including some threads in the R-Help archives. It also appears that there has
> been no development on the package for about 5 years, as the current version
> (0.6pre1) dates from 2004. That may suggest limited, if any, compatibility
> with recent versions of Access file formats.
> You can download the source tarball here:
> For OSX, it is available via MacPorts:
> and for major Linux distributions, there are typically pre-compiled binaries
> available via the standard repos and installation tools (eg. yum and
> There was also some work by the OO.org folks a while back to embed MDB Tools
> in OpenOffice, but I am not aware of the current state of the project or if
> it is even active any longer.
> There is a commercial option from Actual Technologies:
> which appears to provide an ODBC driver for Access on OSX. The page focuses
> on the use of either Excel or FileMaker Pro with the driver. However, you may
> be able to get it to work with RODBC.
> I use Actual's ODBC driver for Oracle on OSX via RODBC, since Oracle has not
> seen fit to provide a free one as they do for Linux and have been very
> pleased. It was easy to install and configure, so take that for what it's
> Marc Schwartz
> R-help at r-project.org mailing list
> PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595
More information about the R-help