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From Jürgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: [EXTENSIONS][RELEASE] (was RE: Calling all volunteers: It is time to test)
Date Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:14:46 GMT
First of all sorry for the top posting.

The whole thread is very annoying and it would have been much better if 
we had this discussion earlier when we have discussed the replacement in 

We were not happy with the solution but saw no real alternative at this 
time. We had a lot of things to do :-(

But after reading this annoying thread I saw at least one real problem 
that we have to address.

On 3/6/12 9:12 AM, Fernand Vanrie wrote:
> I installed 3.4 on windows
> 3.3 is gone, what can been repaired, but: all the extensions and there
> macro's are gone as wel. Problematic is that the Menu-toolbars of the
> deleted extensions are still present and pops up when starting. There is
> no way to delete this extentsion-related-toolbars.
> We only can reinstall the extensions !

That is something that we have overseen or not taken into account.

We investigating in an approach to search for installed extensions 
(*.oxt files only) and reinstall them during the first start.

That will only cover (if possible at all) oxt packages and only user 
installed extension. We can't migrate shared extensions.


> Greetz
> Fernand
>> It is one thing to encourage users to remove their older versions.
>> It is another thing to automatically remove them and, along with that,
>> features that they are relying upon.
>> I don't think the ability of OO.o to replace versions in the same line
>> (i.e., 3.* -- and 3.* did not remove 2.* and 1.* as far as I know) is
>> the proper precedent. I think how LibreOffice endeavored not to do
>> that with their first and subsequent releases is the proper precedent.
>> This is not about wearing the crown, it is about serving the user
>> community.
>> - Dennis
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Rob Weir []
>> Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 10:09
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [EXTENSIONS][RELEASE] (was RE: Calling all volunteers: It
>> is time to test)
>> On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton
>> <> wrote:
>>> If there is no solution for extensions, Apache OpenOffice 3.4 early
>>> incubator releases should not overload prior versions of OO.o. I
>>> recommend that AOO 3.4 install in its own locations and not do
>>> anything that would prevent side-by-side functioning. (My
>>> recommendation would be that it do that anyhow. But with known
>>> breaking of an important down-level feature, that becomes imperative.)
>> In general, it is important for OOo 3.3 and earlier installs on
>> desktops to go away. Old releases increasingly become security
>> hazards, especially if they are no longer being actively maintained.
>> We do a great service to the community in general if we overwrite them
>> with the AOO 3.4. This is true even given the inconvenience the user
>> experiences from the need to reinstall extensions.
>> In any case, I think the overwrite is fine. It is what OOo 3.3 and
>> OOo 3.2 did as well by default. We can document in the install
>> intructions how this can be overridden.
>>> I think there should be OOo-dev releases only until this is handled
>>> as well. It is now clear that integration has problems and there is
>>> no reason to provoke more of it.
>> If you are volunteering to re-write the extension manager client
>> database support, please speak up and let us know your plan.
>>> I also suspect that it is not a good idea to rebrand the Extensions
>>> and Templates pages at SourceForge quite so strongly, since the only
>>> extensions that are there now are for OO.o (and perhaps LibreOffice).
>>> - Dennis
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Jürgen Schmidt []
>>> Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 02:06
>>> To:
>>> Subject: Re: Calling all volunteers: It is time to test
>>> On 3/2/12 6:38 PM, Larry Gusaas wrote:
>>>> On 2012-02-29 8:18 AM Rob Weir wrote:
>>>>> Once you have installed, launch OpenOffice and look at the Help/About
>>>>> box. If the revision shown there matches the build you installed
>>>>> (e..g, "r1293550") then the install was a success. Please send a short
>>>>> note to telling us what platform and
>>>>> scenario you installed (fresh install, upgrade, install next to
>>>>> LibreOffice, etc.). This will help us understand what scenarios have
>>>>> already been attempted and which have not.
>>>> Using MacBook with OS X version 10.6.8
>>>> Downloaded OOo_3.4.0_MacOS_x86_install_en-US.dmg
>>>> Successfully installed replacing installation of OOo 3.3
>>>> Installation deleted all of the extensions in my user profile. Quit OOo
>>>> and replaced extension folder in my profile from my backup copy.
>>>> Restarted OOo 3.4 and extensions deleted again. Will try installed
>>>> individual extensions later today.
>>> Hi Larry,
>>> unfortunately extensions get lost because of the dropped Berkeley DB
>>> which was used to manage installed extensions. We haven't found a simple
>>> solution to migrate it. This will be documented in the release notes.
>>> Sorry
>>> Juergen
>>>> All .odt files I opened worked. Was able to work with and save in
>>>> Writer. The one database I have works. Will do further testing later.

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