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Gramps 3.3 Wiki Manual - Manage Family Trees

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Opening a GEDCOM or XML database
== Opening a GEDCOM or XML database ==
GRAMPS Gramps allows you to open certain databases that have not been saved in GRAMPS' Gramps own file format from the command line, see [[Gramps_3.3_Wiki_Manual_-_Command_Line#Opening_options|Command line references]]. These include XML and GEDCOM databases. But you should be aware that if the XML or GEDCOM database is relatively large, you will encounter performance problems, and in the event of a crash your data can be corrupted. Hence, it is normally better to create a new GRAMPS Gramps family tree (database) and import your XML/GEDCOM data into it.
{{man note| Opening databases |XML and GEDCOM databases require all data to be held in memory and don't contain indexes. GRAMPS' Gramps native format is a database that only reads the data needed. Thus, for a large family tree the data can be accessed quicker and more efficiently by not using XML or GEDCOM.}}
{{man warn| GEDCOM Editing |Please keep in mind that some information in a GEDCOM file may be lost during import into GRAMPS Gramps as well as export back to GEDCOM. Simply opening and viewing the file will not change it. However, if any changes were made and they were not abandoned upon exit, exiting GRAMPS Gramps will save the data, with possible data loss.}}
== Deleting a Family Tree ==

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