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On 03/09/14 13:04, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I am having the same problems on some machines (well, 1 Kubuntu machine)
but not on others (Ubuntu or Windows).  There is an intermittent bug to do
with this so it would be great if you and i could do straces and add them
to the existing bug-reports.

As a temporary work-around i first set the Kubuntu machine to use Calligra
instead of LibreOffice.  Now i'm trying to edit the;
(after creating a copy/backup of it) on the server but so far i've not had
any luck with that.  Other people tried different versions of LibreOffice.
What mystifies me is that on all the Ubuntu machines i double-click on any
file anywhere on the network or on a client/local desktop and LibreOffice
has no problems.  Calligra does have nice features but i just don't like it
as much as LibreOffice.  So i am kinda hoping the bug gets fixed or that i
stumble onto whatever the settings are that makes LO work on Ubuntu.

Sorry this hasn't helped much! :(  Try searching the archives here too as
there were some good links posted last week on a thread i started.
Regards from
Tom :)

I think you may have misunderstood my original question. Using a file manager such as nautilus or dolphin and browsing to the network, I can access any files on network windows shares, whether on Windows machines or on a samba server. Double-clicking on the files will open LO satisfactorily. The shares seem to get mounted by the very act of using the file manager. I realise from looking through the archives that some people have problems with this, but this is not my problem.

My problem is entirely within the linux version of LO and the File-Open dialogue. On the Windows version of LO (and MS Office for that matter), there is an icon on the file-open dialogue called either 'network neighbourhood' or 'my network places' that gives access to windows shares on windows or samba machines on the network. Users can simply click on this and follow the requisite path to access files on other machines. However, on the linux version of LO, this does not appear, so users cannot access any files on network shares. It seems that LO (unlike eg Kate on KDE) does not list any network places unless they have been mounted by another application; if I use dolphin or nautilus to establish contact to the network share and **then** use the LO File-Open dialogue, the share is listed. I don't know whether this is a bug in LO or a deliberate policy decision; whichever, it causes us problems and has prevented my switching the old XP machines to Linux.

I'm presently experimenting with the alternative file-open-save dialogues as suggested by James Knott to see if that gets us any further.



On 3 September 2014 12:15, John King <> wrote:

LO 4.2 and 4.3 series on Opensuse 13.1 and Xubuntu 12.04

I am presently attempting to move some users from XP to Linux on our
peer-to-peer network, but have hit a problem with Libreoffice and access to
files on other networked machines.

When using LO on Windows XP, the file-open dialogue shows a 'Network
places' icon and users can access files on other machines without a
problem. I am trying to ensure that they get an equivalent experience when
using LO on Linux.

However, the file-open dialogues of LO on the different Linux
distributions I've tried do not show network shares on either Windows
machines or Linux machines running Samba, and so users do not have the same
experience that they have been used to on Windows XP. If I use the Kate
text editor, which does provide a network icon in the file-open dialogue,
there's no problem accessing files on the same shares.

I know that if we access the files on the network shares using
dolphin/nautilus, then subsequently that network location appears in the LO
file-open dialogue. However, I'd rather not require our users to do that
before they can use the wordprocessing facilities; I simply want the same
file-open dialogue on Linux LO that they had on Windows XP LO and MS Office.

Is this possible?

John King

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