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From Oliver-Rainer Wittmann <>
Subject Re: [AOO 4.0]: migration of AOO 3.4.x/OOo 3.x user profile data - help needed
Date Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:17:07 GMT

On 18.06.2013 13:36, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 3:51 AM, Oliver-Rainer Wittmann
> <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 18.06.2013 09:26, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
>>> On 17/06/2013 Oliver-Rainer Wittmann wrote:
>>>> I want to let you know that I am currently working on the migration of
>>>> AOO 3.4.x/OOo 3.x user profiles to AOO 4.0. I am also including the
>>>> migration of extensions.
>>>> I am currently not planning to adjust any of the mentioned strings as I
>>>> think it is too late for its translation.
>>> Is this safe? In a typical scenario, then, a user would have some
>>> extensions installed and he would see them imported in 4.0 without being
>>> warned about possible compatibility problems. Most of the extensions do
>>> not have a maxversion indication, so OpenOffice 4.0 will try and install
>>> them anyway, but some might be broken. And then the user is left alone
>>> in updating his extensions (which in theory he should be prompted to do
>>> after installation, assuming this mechanism is restored), but he
>>> wouldn't have a way to go back before it's too late.
>> I had a close look at the functionality to 'migrate the extensions from a
>> former user profile' and from my point of view we should give it a try.
>> The function did the following:
>> It looks for the extensions which are installed for the user. These are
>> found in the former user profile. No shared-installed, bundled or
>> pre-registered extensions are considered. The found user-installed
>> extensions which are not on the blacklist are installed with the same
>> mechanism which is used when the users triggers in the installation.
>> I am activating an user interaction in case that an extension is already
>> installed - the same user interaction which is used when the user triggers
>> the installation of an already installed extension.
>> On the blacklist will be the Presenter Screen and the Presentation Minimizer
>> as they are now integrated into OpenOffice.
> Is the blacklist a static list? Or is it something that can be
> retried/updated from the website?

The blacklist is part of our source code. These are corresponding 
entries in a XCU file - namely 
Have a look at my commit - revision 1494066 [1]. Search for 


> If we can make the blacklist be "live" in a document that we can
> update, this is like maintaining our own max version field for the
> cases where the extension author neglected to do so.

Such a feature is possible.
It could be corresponding XML feed which OpenOffice could be accessed 
via the Internet - like the XML feed for the update service.

Best regards, Oliver.

> -Rob
>>>> If my tests work fine, I will check-in the changes this week. If we will
>>>> include these changes into our AOO 4.0 release, I will help to update
>>>> the above wiki page.
>>> Let's keep them documented and see. Remember that we learned so far that
>>> a random user will manage to reinstall but not to do anything more
>>> elaborated, so if uninstallation/installation does not bring up a "Do
>>> you want to reset your profile?" dialog we still have a usability
>>> problem (which of course is not a regression, it's been there forever).
>> Agreed.
>> Best regards, Oliver.
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