first, current version of GRAMPS is 2.2.8, and I see you use 2.2.3 which has a lot of bugs still. For debian you find a package in test which you can download and install via apt. See our installation page for more info.

About the database, the grdb format is not a portable format. Please read:
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2007/10/14, Peter Hombach <>:
User Information:

I cannot access my database since I upgraded to the current version of

Error Details:

466419: ERROR: line 1072: Failed to open database.
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "/usr/share/gramps/", line 419, in read_file
   File "/usr/share/gramps/GrampsDb/", line 390, in load
     self.metadata     = self.open_table(self.full_name,"meta")
   File "/usr/share/gramps/GrampsDb/", line 167, in
open_table, table_name, dbtype, self.open_flags(), 0666)
DBInvalidArgError: (22, 'Invalid argument --
unexpected file type or format')512104: ERROR: line 1072:
Failed to start tool.
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "/usr/share/gramps/PluginUtils/", line 267, in gui_tool
     tool_class(dbstate, uistate, options_class, name, callback)
   File "/usr/share/gramps/plugins/", line 160, in __init__
   File "/usr/share/gramps/plugins/", line 88, in low_level
     if _table_low_level(db,the_map[1]):
   File "/usr/share/gramps/plugins/", line 100, in _table_low_level
     handle_list = table.keys()
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'keys'

System Information:

Python version: 2.4.4 (#2, Apr  5 2007, 20:11:18) [GCC 4.1.2 20061115
(prerelease) (Debian 4.1.1-21)]
BSDDB version:
Gramps version: 2.2.3-1
OS: Linux
Distribution: 2.6.18-5-686

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