As explained in this thread
I'm having some weird problems with OpenOffice 2.3 freezing when being used.
This morning, by total luck, I figured out why it happens: When CUPS is running AND there's a printer configured (in my case a socket:// printer), OpenOffice 2.3 hangs. If CUPS is running with NO printer configured, OpenOffice 2.3 works like a charm.
What can I do to fix this very odd behavior? I haven't been able to find any other programs that exhibit similar behavior, so this problem is apparently tied to CUPS and OpenOffice.
I have tried both OpenOffice 2.3 and 2.2.1 - both hang when CUPS is running and there's a printer configured. Stop CUPS or remove the configured printer, and OpenOffice works once again.
I'm running stock Slackware 12 packages (not -current, just the regular stuff with the official patches applied). The OpenOffice packages are from slackbuilds.org, though I have tried both the linuxpackages.net package and I've tried downloading OpenOffice from openoffice.org and from that build my own "package" using rpm2tgz. They all exhibit the same behavior.
This is actual a make or break situation for me, as these machines are running in a corporate enviroment. We need to be able to print.
Hope someone can help,