The problem is that you use the binary format to upgrade, and this is very problematic for different reasons.

How to continue is in

So, you have a grdb file, that means the previous version of gramps was 2.0.x or 2.2.x.
Do you still have the database environment:
If so, backup this and the grdb by taking a copy of it.

Then, try the dump/load tool as explained in

There are several possibilities:
1/ dump/load fixes it and the created file is in a good state
2/ still problems, and you have the environment: then we copy the environment in an old linux distro, and open the grdb again with the previous version of Gramps, and do export to xml.
3/ we find another solution

You should be able to try 1/ yourself. If problems, mail me back.


2010/8/23 Sandra Carral <>
Sometime last year I created a family tree with some version of gramps I had back then in my computer. We did some upgrades in it, and now I have ubuntu 10.04 with gramps version 3.2.3-1. When I type gramps MyFamily.grdb in the command window I get the following message:

gramps MyFamily.grdb
Trying to open: MyFamily.grdb ...
Warning: spelling checker disabled; install pyenchant/python-enchant to enable.
Starting Import, Importing data...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/gramps/plugins/import/", line 2671, in importData
    other_database.load(new_filename, callback)
  File "/usr/share/gramps/plugins/import/", line 394, in load
  File "/usr/share/gramps/plugins/import/", line 1106, in __close_early
    raise DbVersionError()
DbVersionError: The database version is not supported by this version of Gramps.
Please upgrade to the corresponding version or use XML for porting data between different database versions.

I don't have the older version of gramps anymore. How can I recover my data? Is it possible to downgrade gramps to do an XML export? Where would I get the files from? If that's not possible, what other options would I have?


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