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Roman_Gruber
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:44 pm    Post subject: libreoffice crashes on xlsx Reply with quote

I do not use WINDOWS or microsoft office for a very, very long time.

I just had the requirement today to fill out some simple xlsx file to register for an event. Judging on the document, it was a very simple basic file, with only a few things.

libreoffice just crashed instantly when i tried to fillout some fields. I later saw those fields seems to be crosslinked fields which I suppose were locked, so they should not be edited by myself. Sadly this was not that clear and obvious on the first try.

Is this common that in year 2017, still libreoffice, aka openoffice next, aka staroffice next, crashes on simple MICROSOFT office based documents, or am I just unlucky?

@ moderators: If this sounds like off the wall, please move it accordingly. Thank you

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LIsLinuxIsSogood
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if this helps, but I think it makes sense that Windows files would crash a linux app, because there really is very little in terms of compatibility there. Have you thought of doing either a wine install, and using excel maybe for those files, or else in this case I think an online document editor (assuming you are connected to internet with the machine) could be just the thing to have. I personally find excel and word online, in addition to some other cloud based document services to be useful for exactly these types of situations. Although Ideally even (I don't think the answer would be to open the file in Linux, unless using Wine, or having pre-converted the file using some windows .xlsx > .xls or .cvs converter).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roman_Gruber,

What does
Roman_Gruber wrote:
libreoffice just crashed instantly
mean?
Any particular libreoffice version?
Just because its 2017 now does not mean you are using a current version.

Run
Code:
localc
and report the entire content of the terminal window,
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LIsLinuxIsSogood wrote:
Not sure if this helps, but I think it makes sense that Windows files would crash a linux app, because there really is very little in terms of compatibility there.
Absolutely not. There is zero reason that bad file input should ever crash a program, regardless of host OS. I can accept that a non-native format may not be well supported, but the program should cleanly reject files it cannot handle. Crashing is never the answer.
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