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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Install developer build side by side with regular version instead of overwriting it
Date Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:29:01 GMT
Unless there is specific provision for side-by-side installs, there will be conflicts with
two Windows installs using/replacing the same user profile.  At the moment, the only differentiation
is that they are associated with OpenOffice 3 (not even 3.4).

Of course, the new install might well clone the older user profile, but it needs a new one,
in a different place, to avoid contamination of the one used by the older version.  Also on
Windows, the caching of extensions and other goodies is located on the same path as the user

There may be other conflicts beside where the program files are installed.  On Windows, it
is very difficult to have file associations and their Open With ... alternatives to include
two programs with the same file names even though they are on different paths.

 - Dennis 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kay Schenk [] 
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 15:46
Subject: Re: Install developer build side by side with regular version instead of overwriting

On Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 4:41 AM, Andrea Pescetti <>wrote:

> On 21/07/2012 Andrea Pescetti wrote:
>> there was a
>> quite prominent warning on the download page last time I checked (it
>> seems
>> AOO+3.4+Unofficial+Developer+**Snapshots<>
>> is temporarily unavailable at the moment).
> Correcting myself: the page is online now, but the one above is the URL
> for 3.4 snapshots, not for current snapshots.
> The right one is
> Development+Snapshot+Builds<>
> I've now changed both pages so that:
> - The 3.4 snapshots page redirects the reader to the second page, in case
> he is looking for current builds.
> - The second page explains that development builds can be provided with or
> without system integration (and what this means), and tells the reader if
> the currently available builds are with or without system integration.
> Regards,
>   Andrea.

Maybe to address floris v's initial concerns -- and in truth this is how we
have been operating for a while, with replacement -- we should just edit
the Development Snapshot page to caution folks to always do a "custom"
install so they can install a different location than the normal default
for their systems, which will always do an overwrite.

Would this work? Even for Windows?


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