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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject [DISCUSS][PROPOSAL] redirection of update services to
Date Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:35:20 GMT
As we all know, the program update services, the actual update equipment
and the services they provided have not worked *in a while*, they are

1) Background and Problem

This would include the following URLS:

Pings to these don't return.

These are referenced in the program in a user's "install
location"/program/"version init file"

the name of "version init file" varies by installation platform.

Each of the update services above typically included a check for update
area with the name--

A complete URL example (referenced in the version file):"optional

"check.Update" would normally be an xml feed which would include, as part
of its entry for each platform, and language version, a pointer to another
URL which would actually have and install the update for the given system.
See details and  notes on this at:

2)  Proposed Solution
Several participants on this list have been researching the "Update
Notification Protocol" and creating "snippets" of the feeds (both simple
and atom) for very limited one platform situations. However, the creation
of a complete feed for all platforms has not been done ... yet. More
research and development time is needed for this.

Meanwhile, many current OOo users who either use the "check for updates"
feature of their program or have updates "automatically enabled" continue
to be frustrated with the unavailability of the update service.

Although we still have not solved the problem of *HOW* to re-create the
complete service (feed), we can create a "null" placeholder feed for all
services mentioned in 1) that would return the message:

"OpenOffice x.x is up to date"

Essentially, all update services mentioned above would be redirected an
appropriate area on the current web server,, which would
return "no" information in placeholder feeds for each update service.



"Women and cats will do as they please,
 and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."
Robert Heinlein

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