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.fdb Viewer

Posted on 2011-02-11
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I'm trying to open and view a .fdb file in plain text so I can search for a string.  It says the file is too big to open with notepad, so I tried textpad,metapad,notetab, none of those worked either.  How else could I open this file?
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.fdb is the normal suffix for a firebird database, I would be very surprised if the string is visible as they are usually encoded. to access it as a database you need to install firebird itself and probably a gui to use for sql queries, flamerobin is popular and free
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PsPad can open up to 250MB files http://www.pspad.com/ and FileAlyzer http://www.safer-networking.org/en/filealyzer/index.html will let you view the properties and hex/string of any file.  Both on Windows.
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File is too big for any of the above, I have tried them all now.  The file size is 5.8 gigs
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all versions of unix have a a tool called "grep" which will do the job on the command line

grep "string" filename

however if the string has been encoded by firebird, the only way to do it is to use firebird and sql queries
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Looks like you need to install Firebird and use it to look at the file.  Here's the info on connecting to an existing database: http://www.firebirdsql.org/manual/qsg25-databases.html#qsg25-databases-connecting
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