to view data in oracle image file...

Which of the following is practical:

1. Read the content of this image file from MySQL or SQL Server express?
2. Some other Oracle free product with read-only capability.
3. Buying oracle to view the data in this image file.

Thank you.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAsked:
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gplanaCommented:
Sorry but which image file do you refer to?
Oracle can read any kind of binary data using BLOB data type. However, most of the times what programmers are doing is saving the path of the image to show on the database and load the image on the client side after retrieving the path stored on the database.

Hope it helps.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
re:> Sorry but which image file do you refer to?

Customer states, they will provide image file of the database. This file is to contain all of the data from the database I suppose. This will be a file disconnected from it source, I suppose. I think I need some learning to do. With the interest on the tables and their content, you maybe want to give some brief education.

Is it possible the customer means a url to their database when they refer to image file?

Mike
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gplanaCommented:
oh, sorry, now I understand you mean the image raw file/s of the database.

You need exactly the same database engine to use an image raw file, and most of times the same kind of machine and operating system., because you are referring to a physical backup.

You would need an expert to restore it. It can be easier if you have a logical backup (an SQL script that has all the instructions to create the database with its structures and contents).

Hope it helps. Regards.
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you,
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