Re: [R] R connectivity to database

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat 24 Jun 2006 - 07:01:12 EST

You have not told us your platform nor version of OO (nor what 'it' is which 'says that R can connect to MS Access'). R can certainly connect to MS Access on Windows via RODBC, which does come with Access examples.

I think though that it is unrealistic to claim that Base is 'OOo's version of MS Access': it seems to be a lot less than that even in version 2.0. Base 2.0 comes with an HSQLDB DBMS, but Base is not itself a relational DBMS as Access is. Both R and Base can act as ODBC clients, which may help if you use Base to store data in a fully-fledged RDBMS such as MySQL or SQLite.

On Fri, 23 Jun 2006, Ray D. wrote:

> Hello, does anyone know how I would go about getting R to connect to
> OpenOffice's Base program (OOo's version of MS Access) such that I can
> retrieve data from the database and perform calculations and data
> analysis? I'm totally new to R and Base and I've looked at some
> documentation, but found only examples for R connecting to PostgreSQL
> and MySQL, but nothing for OOo's Base (there wasn't any examples for MS
> Access either even though it says that R can connect to MS Access). Is
> R even capable of this or am I just out of luck to use R and OOo's Base
> together? Thanks in advance.
> -ray
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