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Quick summary: Setting the environment variable $DATA causes
LibreOffice to crash.

I'm using LibreOffice version 3.3.4 on Ubuntu 11.04.

Help > About says;
    LibreOffice 3.3.4
    OOO330m19 (Build:401)
    tag libreoffice-, Ubuntu package 1:3.3.4-0ubuntu1

I normally set an environment variable $DATA to the full name of a
directory (for purposes unrelated to LibreOffice).  I've found that
when this environment variable is set, LibreOffice refuses to run.
When I run the command "libreoffice" from the command line, it shows
the splash screen, then terminates with an error message:

    terminate called after throwing an instance of

(Incidentally, it doesn't set a non-zero exit status.)

I've worked around the problem by changing the name of my environment
variable from $DATA to $DAT, but I suggest that LibreOffice shouldn't
misbehave if $DATA is set -- or, at the very least, that it should
give me an error message telling me how to work around the problem.
(It took me a long time to figure out that the problem was caused by
an environment variable, and a while longer to narrow down which one.)

I've downloaded the source code to try to track down the problem.
I haven't completely diagnosed it, but I suspect that the
culprit is the Components::parseXcsXcuIniLayer() function in
configmgr/source/components.cxx :

    if (ini.getFrom(rtl::OUString(RTL_CONSTASCII_USTRINGPARAM("DATA")), urls))
        parseFileList(layer + 1, &parseXcuFile, urls, ini, recordAdditions);

I also wonder whether some other seemingly innocuous environment
variables might cause similar problems.

I saw a similar problem in OpenOffice.

Keith Thompson <>

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