how to write Microsoft Access MDB file to a text file?

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    how to write Microsoft Access MDB file to a text file?

    I'm in the UNIX environment. I'd like to read a Microsoft Access MDB file, and convert the contents of that file into an ASCII text file. I want to write a C program to do this.

    Does anyone know if there's already source code out there that does this?
    Please advise. Thanks.

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    MDBtools can convert an Access database to a set of CSVs, or MySQL code. Theres a bit of an explanation of how to use it here. Since its in the Ubuntu repository it should be FOSS too, dunno if its made in C though.

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    I should explain my problem better by describing what I'm doing:

    My platform is on Solaris. I have already written C codes to
    interpret data AFTER they got extracted from Microsoft Access. The way
    it's done right now, is that the users have to go to a Windows PC, copy that MDB file onto the network drive on Solaris, open up MS Access, export each MDB file into a text file on the network drive on Solaris.

    Then, these users would run my C program to intepret all of that data (in ASCII text format). So I'd like to make it easier for the users when they export the MDB file.

    And the way to do it is to copy each MDB file to the network drive on Solaris, read the Access mdb file from a C program on Solaris and
    automatically output that MDB file into a text file, and then, this is tied into the second C program, which interprets that text file.

    So I'm interested how to write the C program to read the MDB file and writing its content into an ASCII text file.

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