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From "Rod Lockwood" <>
Subject OpenOffice unable to restore file or open it
Date Mon, 03 Sep 2012 22:22:08 GMT
I have a text document that apparently did not close properly when closing  
OpenOffice. Starting OpenOffice 3.41 does not trigger the file restoration  
process. When I click on the file to open it, OpenOffice crashes because  
there is already a shadow file in existance. It begins the file  
restoration, but does not recover the shadow file. So I wind up not being  
able to do anything. Deleting the shadow file does not work. OpenOffice  
cannot open the document, even though it creates a new shadow document.

This is why I never liked this system. I much prefer the system used by my  
text editor and the way it was done in the old days. Simply save the file  
to disc as a normal file with a .BAK extension every 15 minutes (or  
whatever your preference is). That way if the original file is corrupt,  
you simply delete the corrupt file, rename the backed up file and you are  
good to go. At the most you lose your allotted time of work. And saving  
the file manually obviously didn’t make a difference. So forget about any  
lectures on how I should manually save my work periodically.

It does not interfere with the undo process. It does not create multiple  
files, just the one back up file. A simple text editor is able to do this.  
I have never lost a file using this old-fashioned system of automatically  
backing up the file. Now I will have to recreate this file from scratch  
and from memory.

Rod Lockwood
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