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[wlug] big problem with openoffice & libreoffice...

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Mon Oct 10 17:32:13 NZDT 2011

> 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
> on here?
> 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?

Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Waikato, NZ           Ph. +64 (7) 858-5174

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