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Hi Girvin,

Thanks for all that information .  When I get time, I'll disable Oracle
Report Builder and try LO 3.6 again.  Hopefully I will then get Report
Builder 1.2.3 and see if that solves my problem with N.aN.

Noel Lodge

On 6 April 2013 05:26, Girvin R. Herr <> wrote:

I don't think you should have a problem between 3.5 and 3.6 installation.
 The files, at least on my Linux machine, are in separate directories.  LO
3.5 is in libreoffice3.5,  LO 3.6 is in libreoffice3.6, and even openoffice
3.x is in openoffice.org3.  So, these versions should co-exist on the same
computer without conflict.  There has been much discussion about this very
subject in past postings on this forum.

However, the same is not true for your personal configuration (options,
etc.).  On my Linux machine, the configuration files are in
/home/<user>/.config/**libreoffice/3.  So, both 3.5 and 3.6 will use the
same configuration directory.  User-installed extensions seem to be
registered in this directory also. So, the bottom line is that you may
indeed have to uninstall your ORB extension prior to installing LO 3.6, if
only just to ensure a clean start on 3.6.  Alternately, you could rename
this directory to something else temporarily, such as 3.5.  That way, if
3.6 doesn't gain you anything, you can always go back to 3.5 by renaming
the directory back to 3 again.  (Make sure LO is not running when you do

Someone else in this forum may be able to specify exactly when Report
Builder was first bundled into LibreOfiice, but I first noticed it around
Hope this helps.
Girvin Herr

Marion & Noel Lodge wrote:

Thanks for the replies. I'm away for the next couple of days, so I won't
able to try the suggestions till I get back.

I take it that Report Builder is part of the download of LO 3.6.5, (which
tried a while ago but ran into problems that I didn't have time to
investigate fully, so I went back to LO  If I try LO 3.6.5,
should I remove Oracle Report Builder 1.2.1 before installing 3.6.5?

I'm running Windows 7 64 Bit.


Noel Lodge

On 5 April 2013 10:54, Girvin R. Herr <> wrote:

Marion & Noel Lodge wrote:

Sorry about my previous post.  Hit the wrong button and sent it

With Oracle Report Builder it does not seem to be possible to have a
field overflow into the next line and push everything below that down a
line.  (I'm porting an application from an old Paradox system and this
possible in Paradox reports.)  If I make the text box double height in
Report Builder, then the second line appears OK, but most of the records
don't need a second line and end up being double spaced.  Is there any
around for this?

What I have tried is to use a macro to check the length of each text
and if it exceeds 40 characters then I create a second record to contain
the excess characters.
I've almost got it working as shown below -

  Date                                      Details
                              Reference        Amount
01/01/2013     Dick Smith - 3.5mm Plug &14.94, 25 CD
13636                49.92 Dr
                       Cases $9.98, Headphones $25.00
                    N.aN  Dr
The problem is the N.aN in the amount column.  In the Table this field
blank, but Report Builder displays it as N.aN which I understand means
a Number'.  I want it to be blank in the Report.  I've tried all sort of
possibilities in Conditional Print in the General Tab for that field,
nothing seems to work.  Has anyone found a solution to this problem?

One final question - is there a better alternative to Oracle Report

I am running LibreOffice, Oracle Report Builder 1.2.1 and
7 64 Bit


Noel Lodge

I am running LO (Linux) and it has "Report Builder" version 1.2.3
bundled in.  So something has been changed.  You might try that upgrade.
Note that "Oracle Report Builder" is a term that Apache Open Office still
uses for their report builder extension.  However, LibreOffice uses just
"Report Builder" when referring to their bundled report builder
 So your use of the ORB term is confusing, since theoretically you could
install the Oracle Report Builder over top of the LO-bundled Report
Builder.  You need to inform this forum just which RB you are using.
Girvin Herr

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