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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Spellcheck and backup problems [was: Complaint Writer lost 36 pages of my document with no auto backup copy.
Date Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:15:15 GMT
I want to re-emphasize that there is a difference between creating a backup
and performing automatic periodic backups (which for speed, are often into
an auto-backup/-recovery format somewhere).

We need to dig into this and also not that, usually, creating a backup is
trivial and easy to tell when it fails (since it is typically by renaming
the original once it is clear that the loaded original is being edited if
not sooner).  This can also allow locking to be handled better.

Meanwhile, I am heartened by the excitement that is arising around these
particularly-nasty usability issues.

 - Dennis

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rory O'Farrell [mailto:ofarrwrk@iol.ie]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 09:00
> To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Spellcheck and backup problems [was: Complaint Writer lost 36
> pages of my document with no auto backup copy.
> 
> I have retitled this thread as it has developed to reflect more general
> OO problems, arising from a user difficulty.
> 
> One matter we are discussing is backup.  the "automatic backup" link is
> disabled by default.  This may have been logical in days when disk space
> was limited, but with modern giga/terabyte drives  that no longer seems
> a valid consideration.
> 
> Blue sky thinking: Subversion/SVN backup is an Apache project.  Would it
> be possible to make future OO releases use this for backup.  On
> installation, OO could probe for an existing SVN setup and chain into
> that if found.  If not, it could cause an automatic installation of a
> reduced mode/private SVN installation, which would maintain backups of
> previous versions of the OO data files in use.  (I have used SVN but at
> an elementary level - as used in University of Bremen's
> AuthorSupportTool project with which I am fiddling, so my suggestion
> here may be utterly unreasonable).
> 
> --
> Rory O'Farrell <ofarrwrk@iol.ie>
> 
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