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Old 11-01-2005, 04:39 AM   #1
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OpenOffice Can not open documents across network


Hi is there anybody who have the same problem, and know how to fix it ?

I have Suse 10 ( full version ) runing as a file server, and I have five workstations also with SuSe 10 installed, now when any of the workstations try to open a document from the server they get " General input/output error " but the same document opens perfect with Kword from the server and others, I have totally disabled the firewall on the server, I can read and write to the server from the workstations no problem, if I copy the document to the workstation then I can open it with openoffice, but from the server no luck.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 05:58 AM   #2
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what are you using to serve the files? samba? if so i'd strongly suggest using NFS instead. if you are getting an error like that though, is anything showing up in dmesg?
 
Old 11-01-2005, 10:10 PM   #3
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If you configured with CLI, trust SuSE YaST for configuring and use NFS for all Linux networks. YaST is good about setting all the obscure parameters that might be in associated applications or client server relationships.
 
Old 11-01-2005, 10:17 PM   #4
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You can not open an OpenOffice Document with the following path

smb://servername/sharename/filename.odt

You have to mount the Samba share

smbmount ..... (do a search for it, or man smbmount)

Also check out smbumount (to unmount the drive).

OR you can use mount -t smb and umount -t smb
 
Old 11-03-2005, 09:37 AM   #5
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I'm not using samba I'm using nfs which was exported using Yast and option configured to rw, now the strange thing is that if I re-install to fedora FC3 then everything works, but when I re-install suse10 then everything works I can read and write to the NFS share, but not open any documents from the server with open office or staroffice 8, but Koffice no problems there I can open and modify documents from the server, only open office and star office 8 has this problems, I wonder if it is a DNS issue ?
 
Old 11-03-2005, 10:03 AM   #6
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Ok, try mapping the NFS share.
 
Old 11-04-2005, 01:30 AM   #7
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Hi I installed redhat rhel4 on the server and now everything works 100%, very strange problem with Suse, redhat worked first time and I can open all documents direct from the server.
Thanks for your replies
 
Old 11-10-2005, 02:22 PM   #8
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Any more suggestions?

I have the exact problem described at the start of this thread. I have searched the Internet & found a few references to it, but no solutions.

For me a new distro/version is not an option. To use Openoffice I currently copy the file accross the network to a local partition, edit & copy back. Not a very efficient solution, but the alternative is to use windows & MS Office.

Does anyone have any more suggestions?
 
Old 11-10-2005, 05:34 PM   #9
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I can offer you a solution that will ease your tedium but perhaps not solve your problem. Use unison or rsync to update across the network. These can be run by command or even be a cron job. Only files that changed will be copied and both the server and desktop will have a copy. I use unison with a memory stick for sneaker net between sites. Unison will tell you if both copies of a file have changed and then its up to you to sort it out. I haven't used rsync but it might be a better choice when changes come from multiple machines. This may not be ideal but anything is better than MS Windows and Office.
 
Old 11-10-2005, 09:52 PM   #10
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can not open documents cross network openoffice

My solution was simple and it works, I installed Fedora 4 as server and that works, and suse 10 as workstations, everything works just fine, I can open and edit documents direct from the server, openoffice 2.0 and staroffice 8 all works perfect, from the fedora 4 server.
Why it has to be like this I don't know ? Whby can Novell not fix this problem ? I would be better is the whole network was using the same OS.
 
Old 11-11-2005, 09:39 AM   #11
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MOUNT THE DRIVE.. HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT BEFORE SOMEONE TRIES IT.

Please, just mount the SMB or NFS share, and tada
 
Old 11-13-2005, 06:46 PM   #12
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I have mounted NFS

It appears we keep coming back to running something other than SUSE.

I have reinstalled SUSE on the server & the workstations. I have checked the NFS shares, options etc & they are spot-on. They mount Ok & i can perform everything, I can even edit documents with Openoffice (Yes it WAS working).

Then I broke it again.. How?? After installation I copied my test documents across to the server & they had root.root ownership. I did all my tests & everything was working. I then finally put sensible permissions on the home document folder & .... It stopped working. I changed the ownership back & it still doesn't work. It seemed to work after fresh installation until I changed permissions on the files.

Please don't ask me to check the permissions, they are correct & every other application I try (except Openoffice) works.

One final clue. If I open the document READ-ONLY (from the openoffice open dialog) the file opens ok. If I then save to a new name I get the error. But looking on the folder the new file is there but 0 bytes (only the directory entry). To me it looks like openoffice had enough permission to create the file, but didn't have WRITE access.

This is puzzling me big-time now.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 11-15-2005, 06:22 PM   #13
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I have it working now

Hi,

Maybe I can go to bed now.. I can't remember thinking of anything else for days... But I have a fix that is fully working on my system.

I removed the SUSE Novell version & built & installed the official Openoffice.org version to make sure the fault wasn't in the novell version. I got the same problems so *** I think everyone can stay with their own distro version. ***

I then found this fault report in the OpenOffice.org site

http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=36634

Basically, what it talks about & recommends I did on my system, which was to ;

edit the /usr/bin/soffice (as root) by commenting out the following lines.

SAL_ENABLE_FILE_LOCKING=1
export SAL_ENABLE_FILE_LOCKING

Save & start OpenOffice. tada.. it worked.

Hope this works for everyone else..
 
Old 12-07-2005, 12:39 PM   #14
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hi all,

don't know if i'm the only one left, but seem to have the exact same problem.

i tried the suggested by BerlinBadger in the previous post. (except my soffice is in /usr/lib/ooo-2.0/program/soffice)

but still no result, i use opensuse 10.0 as client and samba on slackware as server.

also i noticed that i seem to have a same problem with the gimp, could it be a KDE thing instead of Openoffice???????????

would apreciate some thoughts.
 
Old 12-07-2005, 12:42 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Randall Slack
hi all,

don't know if i'm the only one left, but seem to have the exact same problem.

i tried the suggested by BerlinBadger in the previous post. (except my soffice is in /usr/lib/ooo-2.0/program/soffice)

but still no result, i use opensuse 10.0 as client and samba on slackware as server.

also i noticed that i seem to have a same problem with the gimp, could it be a KDE thing instead of Openoffice???????????

would apreciate some thoughts.
Have you tried to mount the SMB drive? Also, double check your SOFFICE stuff.
 
  


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