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Month: March 2011

LibreOffice FilePickers Fail

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:56:50 -0700 (PDT)
I did not follow the discussion about LibreOffice. I'm browsing the archives now.

Today I decided to remove OOo 3.2.1 and install LibreOffice 3.3.1. As I was browsing the package list I noticed a file named kdefilepicker. I thought that perhaps this was a hook that allowed LibreOffice to use KDialog.

Much to my dismay, I cannot get LibreOffice to pop up ANY kind of file picker dialog box. When I try to use the File Save As menu option, the program freezes and I have to manually terminate the program.

This was on a KDE 3.5.10 box. I have not tried LibreOffice on Trinity 3.5.12 or SVN.

I have seen this file picker behavior before in the Opera browser. Opera file picker dialogs don't work on KDE 3 systems.

I found an online discussion about the LibreOffice problem:

Here is my solution:

mv /opt/libreoffice/basis3.3/program/ /opt/libreoffice/basis3.3/program/

Renaming/removing that library forces LibreOffice to use its own dialog boxes.

[rant]Just another example that upstream providers consider KDE 3 dead. Just another example that most free/libre software developers are adversarial about backwards compatibility. This is an attitude problem, not technical. :( [/rant]