Issue 121473 - Incompatibility with Novell client
Summary: Incompatibility with Novell client
Alias: None
Product: Installation
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: 3.4.1
Hardware: PC Windows, all
: P3 Blocker (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2012-12-13 15:48 UTC by davide
Modified: 2017-05-20 09:44 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description davide 2012-12-13 15:48:54 UTC
There is a blocking incompatibility between AOO and Novell client on Windows desktop.

When I try to install or execute AOO on Windows running a Novell client, the execution fails.
This doesn't happen if the client is installed but not active (i.e. running without accessing to Novell client).

The bug is well explained here:

It seems that LibreOffice, starting from 3.5.2 or 3.5.3, solved the issue.
Comment 1 Massimo Spiller 2013-01-14 17:43:48 UTC
Hi guys, I opened bug 44588 ( and proposed its closure.

We did some more testing and I think we found the real cause (NOT related to Novell Client or OS version).

Our Novell client, during start-up script, was setting a system wide variable called "DATA". We changed now its name to something different (GGMMAA) ... et voilà ... problems disappeared.

I think that in Libreoffice 3.5.3 or later there is no use/check of this variable, while in Apache OpenOffice it is still "used" somehow.

Comment 2 Andrea Pescetti 2013-01-14 21:53:22 UTC
Ah, the infamous $DATA variable... Yes, indeed for some reason setting a variable named DATA may interfere with OpenOffice. It's an old bug that you can find well described here
and fixed here

I'm closing this bug report since it doesn't describe the problem. However, I opened a new one about the DATA bug: