Configuring MySQL using ODBC and Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice

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-{{handbook sidebar|DatabaseTOC}} {{fixme}}+{{alertbox2|'''Base users:''' if you use Base, we recommend that you use [http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/download.php NeoOffice 3.4.1]. The Base features in Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice are much more limited than in NeoOffice 3.4.1.}}
-The security restrictions of Apple’s “App Sandbox” place many limitations on applications available from the Mac App Store, including NeoOffice Secure Edition (NeoOffice 2013 and 2014). This particularly affects NeoOffice’s [[NeoBase|Base]] component. {{alertbox2|If you do a significant amount of work with databases, the NeoOffice developers recommend that you use [http://www.openoffice.org/ Apache OpenOffice] with the [http://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/oracle-report-builder Oracle Report Builder extension] instead.}}+While Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice cannot use JDBC drivers, Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice can connect to MySQL servers using ODBC.
-{{alertbox2|If you wish to continue using NeoOffice 2013/2014 for database work, the NeoOffice developers [https://trinity.neooffice.org/modules.php%3fname%3dForums%26file%3dviewtopic%26p%3d64779%2364779 recommend]<!-- sucks to have to encode all those characters for this to work :P --> using a dBase database instead, because Base experiences a number of bugs when using MySQL’s OBDC drivers.}}+Please note that you must use the steps listed below to use MySQL's ODBC driver in Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice. These special steps are necessary because applications in Apple's Mac App Store must implement several security requirements. Unfortunately, Apple's security requirements make MySQL's default ODBC driver installation inaccessible to Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice.
-{{alertbox2|However, if you wish to proceed with MySQL in spite of these warnings, you can use the following steps to connect to a MySQL database via OBDC.}}+#Download the .tar.gz for MySQL's 64 bit ODBC driver. The .tar.gz must be used because the .dmg installer will not work with applications that run in Apple's App Sandbox.
 +#Double-click on the downloaded .tar.gz file to unpack it. That should create a folder with name starting with "mysql-connector-odbc". Move that folder to your <tt>~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data</tt> folder (note: "~" means your Home folder).
 +#If your DSN definitions are in the <tt>/Library/ODBC</tt> folder or <tt>~/Library/ODBC</tt> folder, copy the applicable folder into your <tt>~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library</tt> folder.
 +#Open the <tt>~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library/ODBC/odbc.ini</tt> file that you created in the previous step in a text editor and replace any occurrences of "localhost" with "127.0.0.1". Using "localhost" will cause the MySQL ODBC driver to use the <tt>/tmp/mysql.sock</tt> file to connect to the database and that file is not accessible to applications running in Apple's App Sandbox.
 +#Open the <tt>~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library/ODBC/odbcinst.ini</tt> file that you created in a text editor and replace any occurrences of "/usr/local/lib" with "/Users/<username>/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/<mysql>". Note: replace "<username>" with your Mac user account name and "<mysql>" with the name of the folder that you moved in step 2 above.
-#Download the .tar.gz for MySQL's ODBC driver (32 bit for NeoOffice 2013 and 64 bit for NeoOffice 2014). The .dmg driver will not work with applications that run in Apple's App Sandbox.+If you did the above correctly and your MySQL server is running, you should be able to connect to the MySQL server from Base in Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice.
-#Double-click on the downloaded .tar.gz file to unpack it. That should create a folder with name starting with "mysql-connector-odbc". Move that folder to your ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data folder (note: "~" means your Home folder).+
-#If your DSN definitions are in the ~/Library/ODBC folder, copy that folder into your ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library folder.+
-#Open the ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library/ODBC/odbc.ini that you created in a text editor and replace any occurrences of "localhost" with "127.0.0.1". Using "localhost" will cause the MySQL ODBC driver to use the /tmp/mysql.sock file to connect to the database and that file is not accessible to applications running in Apple's App Sandbox.+
-#Open the ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library/ODBC/odbcinst.ini that you created in a text editor and replace any occurrences of "/usr/local/lib" with " /Users/<your>/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/<mysql>". Note: replace "<your>" with your Mac user account name and "<mysql>" with the name of the folder that you moved in step 2 above.+
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-If you did the above correctly and your MySQL server is running, you should be able to connect to the MySQL server from BASE in NeoOffice 2013 or 2014. Note, however, that when you create a new .odb file that connects to your MySQL server, Base will not display any existing tables but you can query such tables using SQL. This is one of the problems that caused me to recommend using a dBASE database if you were using an HSQLDB database in NeoOffice 3.x or OpenOffice. +
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Warning! (click icon for its license info) Base users: if you use Base, we recommend that you use NeoOffice 3.4.1. The Base features in Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice are much more limited than in NeoOffice 3.4.1.

While Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice cannot use JDBC drivers, Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice can connect to MySQL servers using ODBC.

Please note that you must use the steps listed below to use MySQL's ODBC driver in Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice. These special steps are necessary because applications in Apple's Mac App Store must implement several security requirements. Unfortunately, Apple's security requirements make MySQL's default ODBC driver installation inaccessible to Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice.

  1. Download the .tar.gz for MySQL's 64 bit ODBC driver. The .tar.gz must be used because the .dmg installer will not work with applications that run in Apple's App Sandbox.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded .tar.gz file to unpack it. That should create a folder with name starting with "mysql-connector-odbc". Move that folder to your ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data folder (note: "~" means your Home folder).
  3. If your DSN definitions are in the /Library/ODBC folder or ~/Library/ODBC folder, copy the applicable folder into your ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library folder.
  4. Open the ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library/ODBC/odbc.ini file that you created in the previous step in a text editor and replace any occurrences of "localhost" with "127.0.0.1". Using "localhost" will cause the MySQL ODBC driver to use the /tmp/mysql.sock file to connect to the database and that file is not accessible to applications running in Apple's App Sandbox.
  5. Open the ~/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/Library/ODBC/odbcinst.ini file that you created in a text editor and replace any occurrences of "/usr/local/lib" with "/Users/<username>/Library/Containers/org.neooffice.NeoOfficeSecureEdition/Data/<mysql>". Note: replace "<username>" with your Mac user account name and "<mysql>" with the name of the folder that you moved in step 2 above.

If you did the above correctly and your MySQL server is running, you should be able to connect to the MySQL server from Base in Mac App Store versions of NeoOffice.

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