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Old 02-28-2005, 04:14 PM   #1
pwilkie
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OpenOffice 1.1.4 - Can't make changes to default options


Hi,

Distro: Mandrake 10.1 Official
Window Manager: Gnome 2.6

Recently installed OpenOffice 1.1.4 - I unistalled 1.1.3 that came with Mandrake 10.1 via the RPM manager.

Installation went fine, however, if I make any changes to the options in OpenOffice (Tools > Options), let's say in the "View" section, the changes are not remembered and the settings always revert back to what they were originally.

For example, if I uncheck "Show icons in menus" and then click OK, the change isn't made. When I access the options via the Tools menu the check box for "Show icons in menus" is checked again. This seems to be the case for any option I change - it wont even let me specify any external programs like my web browser, etc....

Anyone got any ideas?
 
Old 02-28-2005, 04:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like a bug that should be reported.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: OpenOffice 1.1.4 - Can't make changes to default options

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Originally posted by pwilkie
Hi,

Distro: Mandrake 10.1 Official
Window Manager: Gnome 2.6

Recently installed OpenOffice 1.1.4 - I unistalled 1.1.3 that came with Mandrake 10.1 via the RPM manager.

Installation went fine, however, if I make any changes to the options in OpenOffice (Tools > Options), let's say in the "View" section, the changes are not remembered and the settings always revert back to what they were originally.

For example, if I uncheck "Show icons in menus" and then click OK, the change isn't made. When I access the options via the Tools menu the check box for "Show icons in menus" is checked again. This seems to be the case for any option I change - it wont even let me specify any external programs like my web browser, etc....

Anyone got any ideas?
Where did you install OpenOffice to? If it's the default directory of Mandrake 10.1, it's in something like /usr/lib, right? The problem is that OpenOffice can't be configured because it doesn't have permission if it's outside your /home directory. Give it permission or install into your /home directory or run it as root and make the changes, close Open oFfice, and then restart it. Did the changes get saved? If so, it's a permission problem.
 
Old 03-01-2005, 12:46 PM   #4
pwilkie
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Hi,

Yep - you are right, it was a permissions issue....Doh! I installed the app as root.

I've changed ownership of the OpenOffice folder (and its contents) to my user account and now everything works perfectly.

Thanks very much.
 
  


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