About fdo#46180 LO Base fails to connect to "*.DBF" files but connects OK to "*.dbf"

Lionel Elie Mamane lionel at mamane.lu
Mon Feb 20 09:25:09 PST 2012

On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 07:24:04AM -0800, julien2412 wrote:

> I think there are 2 different points :
> 1) to list files in a directory with extension filter
> 2) to open a file with or without extension

> About 2), I agree with the fact we should look at the content and,
> considering your comment
> https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=46180#c5, it should be ok with
> DBF problem  I suppose
> but what about 1) ?
> When you're on the dialog box, must we list only ods files or ods + ODS
> files when we select "ods" filter ?

Ah right, I hadn't thought of the "open file" dialog. In this dialog,
I don't see much/any harm in being inclusive and listing files
case-insensitively. If there are three files:


the user will select one of those and we'll open the one he/she

For the case of CSV-like database files, it remains more tricky,
because the user selects a *directory*, and we have to *automatically*
consider files from that directory. Each file we consider is a
table. So, if there are two files:


I don't see how to meaningfully decide which one should be table
"foo". So I'd be inclined to be more strict there and (on a
case-sensitive filesystem) take only files named "*.csv"
case-sensitively. On a case-insensitive filesystem, we should not get
stuck up on the name and match case-insensitively.

As explained in the bug log, our check for case-sensitiveness of the
filesystem is buggy...


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