Cairo's been writing fanfiction lately, originally
using openoffice .. and
most of the time it works fine, but every now and then when she saves and
exits she ends up with a zero-byte file. There's plenty of free disk space
and I don't see anything in /var/log/messages indicating filesystem trouble,
so I tried updating openoffice .. and a while later it happened again. The
next time I switched to libreoffice, and set it to always make a backup.
Today she's had the same problem again and lost about 40 pages of writing.
There's still plenty of free disk space, nothing in /var/log/messages to
indicate a filesystem problem, and NO backup. All I know is she's not
accidentally highlighting and deleting everything because what gets saved is
0 bytes, NOT an empty document...
I've already suggested (after the first time) that she needs to keep regular
backups on google docs, or just write everything directly in google docs,
but openoffice/libreoffice should NOT be this unreliable and I've never
heard of anyone else having similar problems.. Any idea what might be going
other technical details; it's a fairly default and up to date install of
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with a default filesystem (I think that's ext4)
Maybe it's related in some way to the fsync() bug?
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ
Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174