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On 09/13/2012 10:00 AM, Enda wrote:
I am the only user on the system. When I view a file, a dot file (like .~lock.file.doc#) is 
created. How can I override (stop) this in LibreOffice?

- Enda
Normally the lock file (.lock, .doc~) is created to prevent multiple
users from updating the same document simultaneously. The problem is
that different changes multiple users can work against each other such
as major edits adding or deleting large section of text. This can cause
major problems when resolving which edits should by kept. Once the file
is locked by someone opening it, the file can be modified by one person
at a time. These files are normally deleted when the file is closed.
Lock files are used by many programs, not just LO.

If there are stray lock files on the system, usually they can be deleted
without causing problems.

On a single user system lock files may not be needed, only one copy of
the file is normally open and no one else has access to the file.
Normally, the existence of these files is not an issue.

Why do you want to stop the creation of lock files?

----- Original Message -----
From: Jay Lozier <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: not create a dot file in same folder as document when 
opening it for viewing

On 09/12/2012 09:23 AM, Enda wrote:
OS: Ubuntu

Calligra does not create a dot file when viewing files, is there an option to turn this off in 

- Enda
Do you want multiple users to be able to edit the file at the same time?
I think this is causing confusion on the list.

Often a program will create a lock file to prevent other users from
modifying a file while someone is editing the file. This is a fairly
common procedure and in some programs can be over ridden.

A "dot" file can also refer to the MSO XP Word template with *.dot

----- Original Message -----
From: Andreas Säger <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:41 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: not create a dot file in same folder as document when opening 
it for viewing
Am 11.09.2012 18:01, Enda Noname wrote:
Can Libreoffice not create a dot file in same folder as document when
opening it for viewing?
Is it really that difficult to tell us exactly about the situation? We 
don't even know the operating system.
Is it really that difficult to copy some documents into a test 
directory, display hidden files and open them read-only?

4 tests on Linux:
1) libreoffice -view blah.odt [no lock file]
2) chmod -w blah.odt
libreoffice blah.odt [no lock file]
3) menu:File>Open... [X] Read Only [no lock file]
4) menu:Save As... [X]Password blah2.odt with a read-only password
close, re-open blah2.odt [creates a lock file]

Jay Lozier

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