Issue 74197 - users should be warned before saving a document in temp
Summary: users should be warned before saving a document in temp
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2007-02-05 18:33 UTC by displague
Modified: 2014-08-10 13:31 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Description displague 2007-02-05 18:33:20 UTC
This issue is being filed following an incident I experienced this morning.

I opened an odt attachment from Thunderbird and after reading the document 
began editing it.  I then saved my changes as an alternate version.

I closed OpenOffice and later closed Thunderbird.  When I went back to edit the 
file it was gone.  Clearly thunderbird deleted the file and should have checked 
that the timestamp on the file was the original timestamp before deletion, but 
am I wrong to think that a friendly notice from OpenOffice would have helped?  
I'm filing a thunderbird bug next.

I am accustomed to attachments being saved in my Document or Desktop folder.  
Because odt was a registered type Thunderbird offered to open the file, which 
is why it was saved to the temp folder instead.

On my system $TMP is /tmp/user/%uid% - but OpenOffice knows that much and shows 
that value in the options.

The same scenario could unfold for a Windows user editing a document in their 
IE Downloads folder.

I would like to have notification when a document is about to be saved in a 
users temporary file location or other known volatile location, perhaps 
offering an alternative location.
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2007-02-06 10:35:15 UTC
TM->requirements: please have a look, thanks !
Comment 2 nalimilan 2007-10-22 14:33:56 UTC
Just sending a reminder for this bug: it was opened 8 months ago and nobody
seems to have given a look at it. IMHO this would be one of the
trivial-but-fantastic enhancements to OO.o that would make the difference and
save much work/time for users. Please have a glance, in 10 lines this could be
In any case, it would be a sane behavior in OO.o not to save silently files to a
temporary directory.
Comment 3 lolivier 2008-01-21 21:45:19 UTC
The same thing happens when people open files from Thunderbird, the file and the
temporary files are recorded in /tmp and everything is lost at the next reboot.
Do think about many people who ignore everyting about computing are using OOo !
Comment 4 gercokees 2008-03-17 15:24:17 UTC
I confirm this issue. The issue is also posted here:
Comment 5 Andreas Säger 2014-08-10 13:31:32 UTC
It is not OpenOffice which stores the file. It is Thunderbird. Instead of clicking the mail attachment (which means "view this attached thing") you should simply use right-click>Save... in order to create your own file copy at your own chosen location.