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Hi :)
Wow!!!  It's rare for someone to go ahead and make something like that
which many other people would also probably find useful!!  Welcome in

Is there any chance of you uploading your Extension to

Preferably give it an Open Source / copyleft license such as a
"Creative Commons" license?  Then other people might be able to help
by looking over your code, suggesting and making changes and generally
helping keep it up-to-date

Many thanks and regards (and congrats) from
Tom :)))

On 4 February 2014 19:01, iveand <> wrote:
Stephan (and others),

Thanks again for your reply.  With your help here and from the bug
report referenced earlier I have been able to successfully create an
.oxt that will set "our preferred settings".  As it is a "shared"
extension it sits between the "system settings" (which are overridden on
new version upgrade) and the "user settings".  So, a user can still
override these settings should they wish.

Sorry, my DevGuide URL was wrong, it should be

Unfortunately this seems "offline" today, as it is just displaying an
empty page.  I got it from Google Cache, however, and with your other
example links was able to put something together.  I would hope that
somehow <> would link to a "how to make
extensions for beginners guide", which could be the AOO docs for now as
a minimum.

For an example "configuration-only" extension,
<> has a link to
which in turn has a link to

For anyone interested, here then is my first stab at creating an
extension which will set our required "system wide defaults".  It is
installed with "unopkg add --shared ssg-defaults.oxt"


For first timers (this was me until yesterday), the .oxt source can be
viewed the same as a .zip archive (can even change the extension to .zip
if you like: they are interchangeable but you want it as an .oxt in the
finished form)

For some of the settings, they aren't correctly seen by the user until
after we remove the user's pre-existing "registrymodifications.xcu"
(even if we didn't intentionally have any of those values overridden).
It is my guess that is because there are some of the keys listed in the
default generated registrymodifications.xcu that conflict -- if it was
generated BEFORE the installation of this newly created extension.

Thanks again,


[Btw, your reply mail looked really garbled, see above. Could it be
you're using a mail client that only produces poorly formatted plaintext
alongside an HTML alternative?]

I noticed that too, so thanks for the warning: I think it is the
thunderbird "always html" extension, which I have now disabled.
Unfortunate bug it seems in thunderbird which will revert things to text
only email even if they were intended as html otherwise.  Another
discussion for another list, however!  So, we'll see how this one turns
out, and if people can follow it clearly or not.

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