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No, I did not compile from source. I just repackaged the RPM binaries into the Slackware package format for installation.

I assume you are talking about Patrick Volkerding, the Slackware guru. I am not sure what his position is with the Slackware organization. He was very sick a few years ago and he may be cutting back. Slackware is still not bundling *Office in their Linux distros. It is a long story, but I am not using the latest and greatest Slackware, so I am pretty much on my own for the latest packages. That is why I package my own Slackware packages. Besides, it takes hours to compile OOo/LO. I would rather just re-package the binaries. I might note that I have done so for many years, since about OOo 2.4, without any known problems with the binaries - until AOO 3.4.0.

As far as compiling from Source goes, I tried that with OOo (AOO?) 3.4.0 and it was a disaster. Apache has dependency requirements that are, again, too new for my older versions. They even tossed GNU make for yet another make: "dmake", which looks like another PHD thesis result - not a major improvement on GNU make. For instance, they now require a newer glibc than I have. Since just about every piece of Linux software depends on glibc, the core library, I was not willing to bring my system down when something went wrong with the new glibc interface, just to be able to update AOO. That was the main reason I switched to LO. This latest version of LO ( still runs with my older glibc. IMHO, that was a smart move on the Document Foundation's part. I could go on and on, but I digress.

Thanks for the help.

Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
If you are re-compiling from Rpms then why not just compile from the original source code? Is Patrick still involved with packaging things for the slackware repos? If so then he might be worth contacting. Apparently he used to be very helpful and approachable. Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Sat, 26/5/12, Girvin R. Herr <> wrote:

From: Girvin R. Herr <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Extremely Slow Base Report Builder
Date: Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 20:43

drew jensen wrote:
On Fri, 2012-05-25 at 19:02 -0700, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
drew jensen wrote:
Hi Tom

Really - you seem to know a lot, are you writing a manual?

@Girvin - there is no place that I've seen the report builder be that
slow and not have an installation problem - not saying it is impossible
but sounds really odd. 1500 records in a tabular report, 49 seconds is a
long time for that actually. There is one exception to that, graphics -
is your report including graphics stored in data fields?

On the other hand Calc, as has been pointed out, might be your preferred




Hello Drew,
I understand what you are saying, but I installed the LO 3.5.2 binary (RPM) packages from the LO 
website.  I repackaged them for Slackware, but that does not change the 1s and 0s, just unpacks the 
RPMs and re-packages the files into a Slackware package for installation.  Therefore, if there is 
an installation problem, it seems to be in the LO packages.  Note that I am using the Report 
Builder bundled into LO, not the version from the extensions website.  I do believe the newest is 
1.2.1 rev 2, and the one in LO is still 1.0-something.  I have not tried to replace the bundled 
version with the 1.2 version.

I could live with 49 _"seconds"_.  However, it is taking 49 _minutes_ for my report.  My database 
is nothing special, just text and integer values.  Nine elements plus the key per record.  No graphics.  So, 
yes, this problem does sound unusual.  However, I have not been able to pin down the problem yet.  In the 
meantime, I am looking into using Calc to print my data.  It looks good and will do until I can get RB 

BTW: The report is a simple text page header, Detail, and page footer, no graphics there either.  I 
do have the date and time fields in the header, but that shouldn't bring it down.  Actually, I do 
have some separator lines inserted at the bottom of the header and the bottom of each Detail line.  
Page number at the bottom of the footer.  That's it.
Thanks for the help.
Hi Girvin

Sounds like it aught to run lickity-split...hmm

Anyway - looks like you are off to use Cacl.

You might want to do this.

When you open the data window under Calc, instead of copy/paste from the
data grid - grad, drag and drop the actual query name from the left side
of the data window. This will create a named range, you can set options
on the range to _not_ save the data in the spreadsheet, jut the
connection information...then when you open the spreadsheet again it
will re-run the query and update the data anew..

Best wishes,

Yes!  Your procedure worked fine!  Thanks much.  It will make using Calc to produce my reports a 
lot more error free.  I have not tested the dynamic importation of the data yet, but even if it 
doesn't work, which I am sure it will, this procedure is much better than my copy-paste procedure.  
Another benefit of using Calc will be to save paper.  Whereas the ORB output used 94+ pages, the 
Calc output, being more compressed, even with the separation grid, produces about half that number 
- 47 pages.

Your suggestion of an installation problem causing ORB to fail for me got me thinking and I realized I did modify one aspect of the LO 
distribution package.  I moved the 2 executable files in "/usr/bin" to "/opt/bin".  Just in case ORB was relying on 
these files being in "/usr/bin", the first thing I did today was to restore those 2 files in "/usr/bin" and try ORB 
again.  No joy.  It is now taking 66 minutes.  However, since my last tests, I entered more data and now my database is 1800+ records.  So 
that accounts for the increase in time.  Note that it does not take anywhere near this amount of time to import the data into Calc.  Calc 
does it in a few seconds, not tens of minutes.

Thanks very much for your help.

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