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Old 08-21-2006, 01:19 PM   #1
elie.zedeck
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Question OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 crashes under KDE


Hi everybody.


I have used OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 for more than 6 months, and it was stable enough to do most of my writings.

Last week, I have download the 2.0.3 Linux version (RPMS in a tar ball), and installed it successfully (removed old ones before installing new packages).

To my surprise, it crashes on every exit, or when I start another instance (for example Math) if another one does already run (for example Writer).
I tried to debug the app, and managed to conclude that it was the libvclplug_kde680li.so.1.1 file in /opt/openoffice.org2.0/program/ that did make the trouble.

I still able to save and work properly though with these crashes, because even a new instance starts with this crash, it doesn't go away, but still respond as normal.

But, I really hate to see the KDE crash message.

I tried to replace that libvclplug_kde680li.so.1.1 file to the one from the 2.0.1 package, and the crash error went away, but the interface under KDE is not maintained: it became very basic, and immitates some parts of the MS Office 2003 (toolbars).

I use X.org latest from source (release 7.1.0), and it uses prefix /usr/X11R7 instead of /usr/X11R6. I'm not sure though that this is going to be the reason of trouble, because everything works fine, except this OpenOffice.org.

Please help me solve this annoying problem.

And I'd like to know also, where can I find the source tarballs for the OpenOffice.org; I mean the Tar.bz2, not rpms. I mean the source to allow me to compile the whole application.


Thanks in advance.
 
Old 08-23-2006, 04:19 AM   #2
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There is a list of mirrors. I've just checked the stable folder on one and it contains a file named OOo_2.0.3_src.tar.gz

There's also a page dealing specifically with source for 2.0.3.

It seems to be a drastic measure to download such a huge file. 2.0.3 ran well on my system, although I reinstalled 2.0.2 for purely idiosyncratic reasons. Sometimes problems are caused by files in your home directory folder, particularly /~/.openoffice.org2/user/registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/Recovery.xcu
You could try renaming that file and relaunching OOo.

Version 2.0.2 is still available on the mirrors.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 08:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the answer.

But you know, it is not only a problem of crash (SIGSEG at exit, and SIGABRT at another instance start), but it is also a problem of overall (re)-drawing of the graphics.

I use a nVidia GeForce 4 MX440 with the nVidia official driver, and KDE 3.5.4 along with X.org 7.1.0 (as I said), and 2.0.1 draws everything well, but 2.0.3 seems to have a problem of reminding what it just drew.

Sometimes, I draw sketch, and parts of it are gone when I use contextual menu, or I move page down, and then up again.

I don't know what's wrong really.

And it's not a recovery problem, since I didn't have a recovery start at all since ... (I don' know when was the last time).

It starts well for the first instance, but it crashes (at a part of it) with a SIGABRT signal when another instance is started.

Very strange behaviour.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 08:24 PM   #4
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Another detail about the exit crash.

It only crash for the last instance of soffice.

If, for example, I start writer, it doesn't crash at first.
Then, I start impress, then it gets a SIGABRT signal; if I start another math, then it gets the same signal, ...

If I close writer (while math & impress are still alive), it doesn't crash, but if I close math, and then I close impress, then that last impress instance will get SIGSEG.

Just why ? :S
 
Old 08-25-2006, 08:34 AM   #5
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Fortunately, I don't have such problems. Mandriva and, probably, other distros I've tried use/s the Vesa drivers. That may help. The one distro which I know did not use the Vesa drivers was unuseable.

You mention Kde. I know it's almost sacrilege to ask but have you tried using OO with another window manager?

I had a relatively minor problem with toolbars in Kde (not repeated in Gnome) which disappeared after I reset certain Kde settings to the default values. The odd thing is that I later changed them again to what I had previously and the problem did not return. I can only guess that all my experimenting with different values created a mess of conflicts.

The only other thing I can think of is renaming your home OO folder to see whether the problems persist when you have a new home folder.

Versions 2.0.0 and 2.0.1 crashed occasionally on exit on my system but the later ones have not.
 
Old 08-26-2006, 05:09 AM   #6
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I've just discovered that there are iso files which seem to be platform-independent: http://distribution.openoffice.org/c...o_downoad.html

Last edited by noranthon; 08-26-2006 at 05:10 AM.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 12:48 AM   #7
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I've already tried to use it with GNOME, and it didn't crash. But the drawing problem still exists.

But, I need to do all these stuffs under KDE because it's my favorite desktop environment, and that I use most of the utilities and tools that it offers.

Plus, I use some eye candy softwares for kde, that I don't want to leave when I go with GNOME.
 
Old 08-28-2006, 01:52 AM   #8
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I wouldn't use Gnome either. I merely wondered whether they were in fact Kde problems or OOo problems. It seems that one is Kde and the other is OOo.

Drastic surgery may be necessary but you could try adjusting settings first. The drastic part is using another window manager and renaming your .kde and .qt folders so that Kde creates new ones. You could combine that with uninstalling and reinstalling Kde.

Some problems with 2.0.3 have been reported. It got off to a rocky start (which put me off) and the developers made an extremely unpopular and weird decision to remove the ability to set paths for templates. I've stayed with 2.0.2. I understand that 2.0.4 is due for release soon.

You could look on the OOo forums to see whether anyone else is having drawing problems of the kind you are having. I've seen complaints about Writer not remembering various settings.

Unless someone has a fix, all I can think of is that you try version 2.0.2 which seems relatively robust.
 
  


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