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2014-03-14 11:41 GMT+01:00 William Drago <>:


I tried Tom's suggestion and opened the file with Gnumerics. This awesome
little program opened the spreadsheet and let me know what was wrong with

Unable to load the file 'https://retiretxn300.'.
Unable to load the file 'https://retiretxn300.'.
Unable to load the file 'https://retiretxn300.'.
Unable to load the file 'https://retiretxn300.'.
Unable to load the file 'https://retiretxn300.'.
Unable to load the file 'https://retiretxn300.'.
Unable to load the file '

At one time I had copied & pasted some information from my retirement
account into the spreadsheet. Unless I'm logged into my Fidelity account,
none of these URLs will work.

Now I have 3 questions:

1) Why doesn't LO tell us what the problems are like Gnumerics does
instead of stalling for 20 minutes or more?

​Not sure, maybe he is just trying to open them.​ But these images load
fine without being logged anywhere (I can see them), so I'm not sure that
the problem is there. It might be related to another resource on internet

2) Why is the timeout period so long? 20 minutes? Really?

​My previous statement kinda invalid the idea of a timeout (unless the
website was down all the time you tried to open the file...). But if the
issue lies in Calc behing unable to open a file with https links, the
​timeout "per file" isn't insanely high: 2-3 minutes is a fairly reasonable
value to accomodate with dead-slow connections.
But since the images load correctly... moot point :(

3) When we copy & paste a webpage why is LO storing links to images
instead of the actual images?

I believe it's by design: it is not always desirable to create multiple
copies of the image source; especially if it's not a static image, that is
used to convey "updated" informations for example; or if you are working on
a document where graphic designers can update their work, put placeholder
in places, etc. In this regard, it keeps the URL as the image source as it
would keep the abolute file path from a file source.

Note that you can see and "kill" these links by going in the Edit menu:
Edit->Links. There you can select all links and hit "Break Links".
If the issue lies in Calc loading a file with linked images on the web,
this can avoid the issue (given you do it before saving, of course).
However, since these links are publicly accessible, a failure to load them
by Calc is likely a bug if it is confirmed.

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