Issue 32171

Summary: Master documents cannot also be subdocuments (reliably)
Product: Writer Reporter: rachel_greenham <rachel>
Component: codeAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: esigra, issues
Version: OOo 1.1.2   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

Description rachel_greenham 2004-07-27 21:36:40 UTC
At first I thought this worked: The first time I tried it, it let me include a
master document as a subdocument in another, although I had to tell it it was an
OOo text document. Next time the document was opened, the contained master
document links were red and showed "File not found" in the containing master
document's navigator.

NB: Filename given when "File not found" error showing is definitely there: you
can even load it up to edit it by double-clicking on it in the root master
document's navigator.

Either it should work (it so nearly does!) or it should recognise .sxg when
attempting to add a subdocument and outright say it's unsupported. (After the
initial success the first time I tried it, I went and restructured my entire
document, and only encountered problems the next day when I re-ran the
application, so this hurts more than it would have if I'd been told outright it
wasn't supported behaviour.)

Later testing shows that you can create a new master document ("submaster"), put
a normal document in it, save it, create a second new master document
("supermaster"), put the "submaster" document in it, and it will work. You then
save and close all documents and re-open "supermaster", and the included
"submaster" document will be shown as "File not found". Subsequent attempts to
re-insert that "submaster" document or any other master documents into that
"supermaster" document fail (again, the link is inserted but shows as red and
with a "File not found" error on the popup text. This seems to be repeatable.

NB: First encountered this using OOo1.1.2 under Mac OS "Panther", but verified
the same problem exists under Linux/PC Marked as "all" because I couldn't just
mark *two*, either one or all. Probably exists everywhere but I can't test any
more platforms.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2004-07-28 07:00:54 UTC
reassigned to ES.
Comment 2 eric.savary 2004-09-06 18:05:15 UTC
ES->BH: do we want to/can we support (check for effort and gain with the DEV)
master docs in master docs?
Comment 3 dlanderson 2006-11-18 17:15:50 UTC
I've been writing a very large document with files organized in directories,
sub-directories, sub-sub-directories, etc. The files in these directories
correspond to Front(Cover, Contents, etc.), Body(Parts, Chapters, Sections,
etc.) and Back(Index, Bibliography, Appendices, etc.). The documents have many
source data files in the sub-directories that are associated with them via hyper

I just tried assembling the document using a hierarchy of master documents, and
found that it doesn't work. It'd be much easier to build from the bottom up
using a hierarchy of masterdocuments following the file structure. Assembling
the documents with one master document will be a pain. 

I'll try assembling sub-documents using a master document and then saving those
master documents as regular ODT files. Then I'll assemble them into higher-level
master documents and save them as ODF files. And so on, until I've created the
whole document. This is not very manageable because it involves a lot of manual
work that might result in errors. However, it would easy with hierarchical
master documents.

So, I've voted that hierarchical master documents be supported.
Comment 4 dlanderson 2006-11-19 02:51:43 UTC
The above export method failed, because export of ODM to ODT produces an
uneditable file. See Issue 71707. 
Comment 5 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 14:58:59 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements".