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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Reading and Exporting spreadsheets--another commentary
Date Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:28:15 GMT
On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM, Anthony J. Rudgers
<> wrote:
> Greetings All,
> Here's (imho) another example of the symptoms of the coding flaws inherent
> in the present OOo software suite.  You do something according to one set of
> seemingly-valid protocols & get one result (or, perhaps, non-result), & then
> you do it according to another set of also-valid protocols, & get an
> entirely different result (or non-result).   This, at least to me, would
> indicate that there are instances of differing, &, consequently,
> inconsistent, coding within OOo.  I've experienced a similar inconsistency
> in OOo code in another area.
> I submit this query.  Do proponents of OOo software, want to deal w/ &
> correct such problems, deny they exist, ignore them & "move on" (as embodied
> in the posting: "I'm tired of this thread, can't we talk about something
> else?"), throw up their hands & say that such inherent problems are just "a
> fact of life--so live w/ them," or, simply, verbally abuse & belittle the
> OOo users who point them out to this "community"?

So I take it that you have completely diagnosed the problem and
determined that it is a bug in OpenOffice and not a configuration
issue in Cygwin.  Wow, that was fast!  Maybe now that you've
troubleshooted and debugged the issue you would be so kind as to
submit a patch to fix it?  Or write up a report in Bugzilla detailing
how you reproduced the problem and showed that it was an OpenOffice



> Best wishes,
> Anthony J. Rudgers
> Orlando, FL U.S.A.
> -----Original Message----- From: Arthur Schwarz
> Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 6:48 PM
> To:
> Subject: Reading and Exporting spreadsheets
> Win7
> cygwin
> I created and saved a spreadsheet, 'ods' ,document. When I try to read it
> using my cygwin alias "alias ods='/ProgramFiles86/OpenOffice\
> 4/program/scalc.exe'" it (basically) says "what's that" but when I use open
> office directly and use "Recent Documents" it seems to have no problem. is
> my alias correct? I use a similar alias for the writer (alias
> odt='/ProgramFiles86/OpenOffice\ 4/program/swriter.exe') and it works fine.
> Now comes the real puzzler (for me), when I export the spreadseet as a pdf
> file, the cygwin shell doesn't recognize it. That is, 'find', 'ls' don't
> recognize the file. It comes up with "no such directory or file. But when I
> go to the Windows explorer or import the file using Adobe, no problem. The
> filename is there bold as lightning. and I have no issue. On the other hand,
> using cygwin, I can't input the file to adobe.
> Now for the confounding aspect. Everything works as expected in the writer.
> I can create a pdf file, see it in cygwin, open and use it in adobe, list
> it, and I guess do everything needful. But not when I create a spreadsheet.
> Wait, wait. I have (yet) another mystery. When I open a new shell (but do
> not reboot), the new shell shows the created pdf file but now the ods file
> is missing. And, contrary to everything above, I can load the pdf file to
> adobe in the cygwin shell the exact opposite of above.
> Right now it's an irritation but is there something that I've done wrong or
> someway to fix the problem so that it shows up in by cygwin shell?
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