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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: odt has become offending - crashing ugly [Solved] Reply with quote

Hi everybody!

I have a serious problem with a file I've been working with. The persistant recovery issue was not a big problem to remedy as it has been meticulously described.

However, this file of mine opens but then freezes the GUI, and not only that of OOo but all of Gnome. There are no other ways to get the system back but to use the power button or logging in from another computer via SSH. And this is Debian Etch.

The severity is slightly less on my OSX G4.

This is the file:
[url]http://www.algonet.se/~wed/VB_230-400 - 25.odt[/url]
The images are linked, so they won't appear.

This is really rather ugly, and I am most grateful for any help.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This file worked properly for a week. I work professionally with OOo.

What I need is to know how to correct it and how to avoid repeating this kind of problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.1 on Fedora 5 hangs with 100% cpu; Gnome is still responsive and I can force kill OOo no problem.
2.0.2 on Fedora 5 hangs with 100% cpu; Gnome is unresponsive as well but I can switch to a text console and kill OOo to get my desktop back. This should work for you as well to avoid a reboot.

I could play the "Open--Ctrl+A--Ctrl+C--Ctrl+W" game and get the document on the clipboard before OOo froze, but as soon as I paste it into a new document, OOo hangs again at 100% cpu.

Post the doc to http://qa.openoffice.org if you can.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.0.4 is the version that comes with Debian Etch.

The GUI should be responsive, but isn't. The mouse pointer moves around and the Numlock indicator reacts, but that is it.

Will try to post it as requested.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a really hard time figuring out how to submit the information. Haven't stopped trying just yet though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to replace the styles.xml file inside the .odt, it has been a fix in some cases but no way here (OOo 2.1 with Ubuntu) !

Had you any backup in the <user profile>/openoffice.org2/user/backup folder ?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No such file in that folder, there are others but 0 bytes in size, all of them
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gave me problems too for OOo 2.0.3 under SabayonLinux. Hit's 100% after 10 seconds.

I ran my compression scripts over it to get rid of some of the junk that OOo adds, no help. I then opened it in Kword perfectly OK and saved as a different file. I then opened it perfectly fine in OOo. Here it is but do check that everything is right, I'm not sure about some of the formatting or graphics:
http://www.rofltech.co.uk/ooo/test4.odt

It's smaller as Kword saves less configuration options in the file and it also seems to compress more aggressively.

I suggest trying to get the file identical and seeing if it breaks it again. This all would be useful on IssueZilla.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The issue is added:
http://qa.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=73841
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was able to stop it from crashing by changing this:
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<style:style style:name="fr6" style:family="graphic" style:parent-style-name="Frame">
<style:graphic-properties style:vertical-pos="from-top" style:vertical-rel="paragraph" style:horizontal-pos="from-left" style:horizontal-rel="paragraph" style:writing-mode="tb-rl"/>
</style:style>

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<style:style style:name="fr6" style:family="graphic" style:parent-style-name="Frame">
<style:graphic-properties style:vertical-pos="from-top" style:vertical-rel="paragraph" style:horizontal-pos="from-left" style:horizontal-rel="paragraph" style:writing-mode="lr-tb"/>
</style:style>

This style applies to the two text frames starting with "EMC", but I can only guess what that attribute does. Were you trying to make the text in those frames run vertically?
There's a version of the file with this tweak here: nocrash.odt

PS: Sure enough, if I open that document and change the second "EMC" frame to "Text Direction: Right-to-left (vertical)" I get an instant crash (OOo 2.1.0).
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9point9

Thanks, it opens and keeps from crashing. It seems like I have to redo all the imagery though. The ordinary right click does not contain "picture" as per usual.

But I am grateful for the hours saved.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes, I tried to do frames in which I wanted vertical text. Is OOo supposed not to be able to handle that?

I found no way of making text vertical in the opposite direction ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

acknack

... speechless ...

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vaguely recall reading somewhere that text right-to-left, vertical, etc. are only intended to be used for fonts in languages that actually run right-to-left, vertical, etc., like Hebrew or Chinese. I think there might be some other way of making a Latin left-to-right font draw vertically. Don't quote me on that though. Of course, even if this is the case, it shouldn't be crashing OOo.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It seems like I have to redo all the imagery though.

Hmm. Not sure what happened there; I didn't change anything and the links work for me here (I created a dummy jpeg just to be sure that wasn't part of the problem).
For the linked graphics, you do have to be sure that the document you're opening is in the same location relative to the graphic files. Here I have the nocrash.odt alongside the "bilder" directory where the jpeg files live.

As long as the text formatting in the box is simple, you may be able to use a graphic text box (Drawing toolbar, "T" icon), rather than a Writer frame. The graphic text can simply be rotated to whatever direction you want.
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