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Old 10-12-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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bad database error in linux mint 10 after reinstall

Hello. I was originally using Calibre on a windows 7 system with over 3000 books in my library (stoered on a separate partition). I recently switched over to Ubuntu Linux 11.04. I installed Calibre, pointed it to my existing library and everything wored just fine. I had some problem with the OS, so I reformatted the main partition and installed Linux Mint 10. When I tried pointing it to my existing library I got the bad database error. I've tried the installation wizard twice and I tried the icon on the main menu. Nothing works. Also I download some news with Calibre but cant read it because it cant find an approriate reader. I hope someone can help because I love this program! Below are the details:

ERROR: Bad database location: Bad database location u'/media/My Stuff/Biblioteca de calibre'. Will start with a new, empty calibre library

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/gui2/main.py", line 205, in initialize_db
db = LibraryDatabase2(self.library_path)
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/library/database2.py", line 144, in __init__
self.initialize_dynamic()
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/library/database2.py", line 210, in initialize_dynamic
CustomColumns.__init__(self)
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/library/custom_columns.py", line 166, in __init__
is_editable=v['editable'])
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/library/field_metadata.py", line 393, in add_custom_field
raise ValueError('Unknown datatype %s for field %s'%(datatype, key))
ValueError: Unknown datatype composite for field #formats
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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Uninstall calibre and install the official binary from http://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:57 AM   #3
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Is your Calibre Library on the Windows partition? I was doing something similar with Ubuntu and I've lost my library about 4 times in the last year alone (last time was the day before yesterday). I have backups but none of the metadata is right so I'm having to re-add and re-edit everything again. Ugh. I'm going to keep my Library on the Ubuntu partition only this go round and see if that helps.
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