Issue 26539 - sometimes my options are forgotten
Summary: sometimes my options are forgotten
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: AOO Later
Assignee: thorsten.martens
QA Contact: issues@framework
Keywords: needmoreinfo, oooqa
: 69802 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-03-16 10:39 UTC by zanonmark
Modified: 2010-03-04 22:47 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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

A shellscript launcher that takes care of the Common.xcu file, saves it, restores if necessary (568 bytes, text/plain)
2005-01-18 15:19 UTC, rcabane
no flags Details
Options (preferences) file from my OOo 1.1.4 (49.43 KB, text/xml)
2005-02-02 18:19 UTC, rcabane
no flags Details

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Description zanonmark 2004-03-16 10:39:08 UTC
Once in a while (I was not able to determine why) my OO options are forgotten.
When I enter OO I see little icons on toolbars (while mine were set big), my
default paths are defaulted (for example the "My documents" and "Templates"
ones), and so on.
It also happened on my sister's installation.
Comment 1 flibby05 2004-03-16 13:00:59 UTC
thank you for using and supporting OpenOffice.Org!

can you please provide more information for reproducing your issue.
Which distribution are you using?

Please give us any information that might be relevant to your issue.
Comment 2 flibby05 2004-03-16 13:01:22 UTC
set prio P2 -> P3
Comment 3 thorsten.martens 2004-03-16 14:14:18 UTC
Need more information about how to reproduce. A step by step walkthrough leading
to the problem would be very helpful.
Comment 4 zanonmark 2004-03-17 08:07:10 UTC

unfortunately I was not able to reproduce it manually. The problem occurs
occasionally. I'm using Slackware 9.1 with OOo 1.1.0 downloaded and installed
from .tar.gz binaries.

Thanks, MZ.
Comment 5 flibby05 2004-03-18 14:06:29 UTC

i will close this issue for now,
please reopen it anytime, if you are able to reproduce it with the next major
release of OOo, 1.1.1, which should be released within the next very few weeks.

thank you,
max weber,
OOo volunteer
Comment 6 flibby05 2004-03-18 14:06:46 UTC
Comment 7 rcabane 2005-01-18 15:16:12 UTC
Hello. I have exactly the SAME DEFECT.
So I'll give you more details, config and A CLUE !

1. My config: SuSE Linux 9.2, KDE 3.3.2, PII 400MHz, 256Mb. Former SuSE 9.1,
same defect since quite a time.
2. My OOo: 1.1.4 but same defect under 1.1.3 and perhaps 1.1.2 (NOT BEFORE). I
don't use the quickstarter. My OOo is 100% standard; installed in /opt.
3a. What happens: from time to time part of options are lost, in my user account
& the same in other accounts. This is a RANDOM defect, not a periodic one. It's
quite difficult to determine under which conditions it arises. Every 30-50
restarts, say. 
3b. What happens: The Common.xcu file gets extra-small, 460 bytes, almost empty.
The other options remain unaffected.
4a. What to do !
I made a shell script, & I launch OOo by means of this. Here it is:
############## BEGIN OF SCRIPT
pathOOo=`grep -m1 file $HOME/.sversionrc`
cp $pathopt/Common.xcu $pathopt/Common.xcu.backup
$pathOOo/soffice "$@"
taille=`filesize $pathopt/Common.xcu` 
if [ $taille -le 500 ] ; then 
# call KDE's kdialog utility
kdialog -warningcontinuecancel " just lost its options\n Redo from
last ?"
if [ $? -eq 0 ] ; then cp $pathopt/Common.xcu.backup $pathopt/Common.xcu ; fi
############## END OF SCRIPT

4b. What to do next ?
I suggest that we could handle such misbehaviour in two ways.
- either add a mechanism allowing the user to save her/his preferences [options]
into a file, and later restore her/his choices again
- either modify the 'soffice' shell script so it could take care of the options
files (*.xcu) in a similar way to my own script.
Comment 8 rcabane 2005-01-18 15:19:38 UTC
Created attachment 21643 [details]
A shellscript launcher that takes care of the Common.xcu file, saves it, restores if necessary
Comment 9 flibby05 2005-02-02 12:27:20 UTC
reopening on rcabane's request received via email.
Comment 10 rcabane 2005-02-02 18:17:25 UTC
Now I can say a bit more about Common.xcu.

1. It seems that Common.xcu only increases in size. The mentioned defect happens
when Common.xcu becomes larger (typically > 40Kb). 

2. And the real defect is that Common.xcu gets completely lost ! So, at the next
fresh start, it's recreated from scratch and, of course, with very small size.

3. So I supposed that Common.xcu was a real mess. It is ! Mine had a lot of
sections like the following one:

   <node oor:name="h3" oor:op="replace">
    <prop oor:name="Filter" oor:type="xs:string">
     <value>StarOffice XML (Writer)</value>
    <prop oor:name="Password" oor:type="xs:string">
    <prop oor:name="Title" oor:type="xs:string">
    <prop oor:name="URL" oor:type="xs:string">

and such, for a lot of documents I opened a long time ago.
I can't figure out why Common.xcu stores all that, but anyway it's a bug.

In enclose my (buggy) Common.xcu.
Comment 11 rcabane 2005-02-02 18:19:59 UTC
Created attachment 22138 [details]
Options (preferences) file from my OOo 1.1.4
Comment 12 rcabane 2005-02-02 18:29:35 UTC
This defect has nothing to do with the use of the "picklist" macro: it happens
for two distincts user accounts, my account uses picklist (level 11) and my
wife's account doesn't.
Comment 13 rcabane 2005-02-05 16:36:28 UTC
I lloked a bit inside the Common.xcu.
It has a lot of "history" nodes, which I find totally useless, and the required
picklist nodes.

Why so many history nodes ?

Comment 14 haxwell 2005-02-09 23:12:36 UTC
Confirming as a new issue.
Comment 15 rcabane 2005-02-12 06:24:39 UTC
I worked a bit onto this issue with the help of Cyrille Moureaux of Sun France.
We're looking for an explanation. 
It seems that 

1. the history (which is the list of previously opened files, organized as
nodes) fills without limit,

2. so the Common.xcu size contnuously increases,

3. and, at writing time, something weird happens.

As Common.xcu becomes greater, the probability of being corrupted increases
Comment 16 phemmel 2005-03-17 14:35:14 UTC

I have the same problem on Linux, and maybe I have a new element :

I lose the content of my common.xcu file just after I reach the 100th element of
the history list.

I mean, at one time, my common.xcu contains 100 elements in the history list : 
 <node oor:name="History">
  <node oor:name="List">
   <node oor:name="h0" oor:op="replace">
... to ...
   <node oor:name="h99" oor:op="replace">

The next time I'll start OO, I'll lose all the content of the common.xcu file.

Comment 17 rcabane 2006-03-07 15:44:14 UTC
Bad news, guys.
I'm using OOo 2.0.1. And the same defect is there (still working under SuSE
Linux 9.3 + KDE 3.5).
Really, really annoying.
Comment 18 jwt 2006-06-04 17:34:08 UTC
It seems to be happening for me, too.
I am using OO.o 2.0.1-5 with Debian testing.

Comment 19 jwt 2006-06-12 14:24:24 UTC
It has happened again.  I restored my most recently backed up copy of
which restored my settings.

It had 1915 lines in it.  This seems to be related to issue 37201.  I took the
recent suggestion from from jipajapa Sun Apr 16 03:40:49 -0700 2006 on that
issue and deleted the history files.

Since the list in this file seems to grow without limit.  I have taken the
suggestion from
and inserted:
<prop oor:name="PickListSize" oor:type="xs:int">

<node oor:name="History">

in the hope that this may limit the number of entries.

Comment 20 jwt 2006-06-14 07:21:09 UTC
It does not seem to - currently I have 20 items listed in it.

Also, does this issue need altering to indicate that it also affects Ooo 2?  Or
does a new issue need raising?

Comment 21 rcabane 2006-10-13 22:33:30 UTC
Hello. I'm using 2.0.3 since a good time (now switching to 2.0.4), and I didn't
notice this bug anymore. Could other testers confirm that ?
Comment 22 jwt 2006-10-14 06:20:41 UTC
I am currently on OOo 2.0.4rc3.  I reset common.xcu to its default a few days
ago and it still seems to be filling up with recent documents - currently it has
24 entries.  I have not put the picklist value in since OOo now lists 10 items
by default.  I have yet to see whether common.xcu will reset.

I have raise this as a new issue 69802 . 
Comment 23 zanonmark 2006-10-14 10:14:34 UTC
I've used 2.0.3 for a few months, and I could not find this bug. I'll see in 2.0.4.

Comment 24 zanonmark 2006-10-14 10:16:11 UTC
sorry, I meant: I've used ***2.0.2**...
Comment 25 Rainer Bielefeld 2007-02-01 16:57:23 UTC
*** Issue 69802 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 26 Rainer Bielefeld 2007-02-01 16:59:14 UTC
No idea what further information might be required, so '-needmoreinfo'
Comment 27 jwt 2007-02-01 21:35:06 UTC
Currently I have some 115 items in the recent documents list and common.xcu is
at 57.9KB, so I am expecting it to disappear at any time.  Whether or not this
increase causes common.xcu to be deleted, this accumulation of recent documents
in the file is surely a bug in itself.
I am now on OOo 2.0.4.
By the way, I opened issue 69802 because this issue is still showing as a bug in
OOo 1.1.  How does it get to be recorded as affecting later versions?
Comment 28 Rainer Bielefeld 2007-02-02 08:31:13 UTC
An installation with this bug is definitively not reliable and more or less
unusable. I doubt that "Later" is an  appropriate time schedule.

What is your current LINUX version?
If your first name is "David": Can you please stop your e-mail system spamming
me with anti SPAM registration requests?
Comment 29 jwt 2007-02-04 16:31:36 UTC
I am using a 2.6.18 kernel and Debian testing distribution.

Comment 30 jwt 2007-02-27 07:14:07 UTC
It has just happened again.  Unfortunately, since it gets overwritten, I do not
know the state of common.xcu before it happened.
Comment 31 mci 2007-09-26 19:55:33 UTC
Hi, does this happen anymore using a newer build of OOo (e.g. OOo2.3)?

I'm using OOo2.3 on Ubuntu Linux 7.04 and don't get that problem...
Comment 32 jwt 2007-09-26 22:05:29 UTC
Well, it has not reset for a while now, but currently I have some 120 items in
the recent documents list and common.xcu is at 54.6KB, so I am not holding my
I am currently on OO.o 2.2.1
Comment 33 rcabane 2008-03-14 14:14:10 UTC
Hello, since I'm using 2.3.1 I haven't seen that evil behaviour anymore.
Comment 34 rcabane 2008-03-14 14:15:10 UTC
... so I suggest we could CLOSE this issue.
Comment 35 Rainer Bielefeld 2008-03-14 14:25:31 UTC
Can a second user confirm this "works for me now with current version"?
Comment 36 jwt 2008-03-14 16:03:21 UTC
I am now on 2.3.1 and the problem does not seem to have occurred recently.
Common.xcu is 54.7KB, so it is not growing.  There appears now to be a numbered
list of 10 picklist items and 100 history items, so presumably these lists are
now correctly limited.
Comment 37 lohmaier 2010-03-04 22:46:51 UTC
closing issue.
Comment 38 lohmaier 2010-03-04 22:47:39 UTC
closing. Feel free to reopen in case the problem still occurs in a current
version of OOo.