Issue 118946 - hidden content or a section at the top of first page destroys layout of merged letters
Summary: hidden content or a section at the top of first page destroys layout of merge...
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: 3.3.0 or older (OOo)
Hardware: PC All
: P3 Normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: regression
: 102297 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-02-21 11:17 UTC by Burkhard Kasten
Modified: 2014-09-02 18:12 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

See Also:
Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: 4.2.0-dev
Developer Difficulty: ---

a simple text (733.78 KB, application/x-zip-compressed)
2012-02-21 11:17 UTC, Burkhard Kasten
no flags Details
more complex serial letter (22.39 KB, application/x-zip-compressed)
2014-09-02 15:18 UTC, Burkhard Kasten
no flags Details

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Description Burkhard Kasten 2012-02-21 11:17:22 UTC
Created attachment 77235 [details]
a simple text

Database for serial letters is a file test.ods

create a new text file .odt
fill in the very first line a database field <Name>.
Print a serial letter.

You will have an empty page after each letter.

Dependant on complexity of the letter several different problems of printing
occur: Missing form feeds afer each letter, or missing parts of text in the
middle or at the and of the text. Even a complete colum of a two-colum-tables
was missing, the "new" table took the same size as the original table, that
means, the printed colum became wider.

I tested several letters, more and less complex. No one of them was printed
correctly. Until OpenOffice 3.1 all my serial letters worked without any

If desired I can email a set of more complex printouts and odt-files.
Comment 1 Edwin Sharp 2014-03-06 19:15:53 UTC
There is an empty page after each record.
Test1.ods has 5 records -> resulting letter has 9 pages instead of 5.
AOO410m14(Build:9760)  -  Rev. 1573601
2014-03-03 17:47:48 (Mo, 03 Mrz 2014)
Win 7
Comment 2 Burkhard Kasten 2014-09-02 15:13:34 UTC
The newest Version (4.1.1.) Shows the same defect as the older ones. The attachment demo1 contains a more complex Serial letter, containing tables and free text. the table ist toatally destroyed, form feed is missing, parts of the free text are missing.

demo1.pdf has not been created by open Office, but by a virtual printer.

There ist no changement since Version 3.1.
Comment 3 Burkhard Kasten 2014-09-02 15:18:46 UTC
Created attachment 83915 [details]
more complex serial letter

this demo is normally an ott file, containing several letter headers. in General the database ist used to print only the Destination addresses. In rare cases additional data are used.
Comment 4 mroe 2014-09-02 16:17:48 UTC
I can reproduce the problem with AOO 4.1.1 (no choice for it at "Latest Confirmation on:") under Linux. Because the OP stated that it was OK until 3.1 it seems to be a REGRESSION.

The sample document includes many hidden sections but it seems no reason for the bug. I made all sections visible an give each a separate background color. The preview of mailmerge shows that the first section is destroyed without having a background color.

To save the layout I tried to insert a paragraph before the first section. I formatted the characters of the paragraph as hidden and created a new paragraph style with it. Same result as before.

By the way: If I use the original document demo1.ods without any changes and insert a paragraph break before the first letter (before name1) AOO crashes.
Comment 5 mroe 2014-09-02 18:12:50 UTC
*** Issue 102297 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***