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-------- Original Message  -------- From: Gary Dale
<> To: Dave Barton <> Date: Sun, 12 Oct
2014 00:14:10 -0400

On 11/10/14 04:59 PM, Dave Barton wrote:
Heinrich Stöllinger wrote:
A long time ago (REALLY long ago!) I complained that LO does not print
serial letters correctly.
I think I also filed a bug report with (in MY opinion!) the right test
data. I just tried to
print such serial letters again today. Unfortunately the problem still
exists. As you can maybe
see from the enclosed pdf-file, only the FIRST letter prints correctly,
while ANY letters after
the first one miss out lines of text (e.g. the place and date near the
top on the right),
drawn lines (near the bottom). Even though I use a MySQL database as
"supplier" of DB-fields,
I don't think this has anything to do with Base.
It should be easy enough to put together a test for this issue, but I
include the respective
.odt-file in any case. Again, I don't think a DB-table is necessary for
Is the bug report you
are referring to? If so, I will take a look and see if I can replicate
and confirm it.

Please add a reproducible example to Heinrich's report. This will:
a) Assist QA in assessing if it is the same bug or not.
b) Add more weight to the issue, which in turn is more likely to attract
a developer's interest.
If you know it's not the exactly the same issue and your reference to
"messing up colors" suggests that it may not be, please find and
contribute to an existing report, or open a new one.
Nobody (developer, QA or other) "denies the existence of an issue", but
no issue can be effectively resolved if it cannot be replicated and it's
cause determined. Which is where we come in with accurate reports and
reproducible examples.

This list is a great place to vent our frustrations about our "pet"
issues, but at the end of the day our "rants" here do nothing, only our
contributions (ie. bug reports and reproducible examples) will help to
get anything done.


I've already done everything you asked and more,

No, I have not asked you to do anything, except provide a pointer to the
location where the details of the issue could be found.

including sending screen shots to demonstrate that the problem is with LibreOffice and not 
something else.

Where are these screen shots? There are no attachments to bug 83346.

If you look in the print dialogue, it shows that
LibreOffice thinks it is printing 2N-1 pages instead of N pages. And no,
this is not the "print automatically inserted blank pages" "feature".

There is no way for others to determine if this is true without details
(eg. samples, screen shots, etc.)

The reason I think it is probably the same bug is that in both cases
LibreOffice doesn't initiate the new page properly. I guess in
monochrome it chews up some text while in colour it mangles the colour

It does not necessarily follow that similar issues come from the same
section of the (very large) code base. I have seen numerous examples
where changes to one part of the code has an unexpected impact on an
apparently unrelated function.

My latest bug report on it was 83346. I sent the samples to Cor Nouws
who closed the bug after deciding that it was a "feature" that no sane
person would ask for - the mangling of colours. Apparently he didn't
note that "feature" he thought it was, was actually a symptom of the
problem I was reporting.

There is no way of determining if Cor was right or wrong if the samples
you refer to are not made publicly available (eg. Bugzilla).

At this stage I am not going to reopen the report, but if you want to
reply to I am
prepared to work with you on this. Please do not send anything directly
to me.

I am not an active developer, but if this can be demonstrated as an
issue that needs fixing, it can be brought to the attention of the

BTW: I also fail to see why anyone would think that inserting blank
pages between form letters is a feature that should be on by default. I
print a lot of different types of form letters and have never found any
use for it. If it's useful to someone, leave it in but don't enable it
by default.

In your case it may not serve any purpose, but I have assisted a number
of book authors in using Writer to create their manuscripts. In those
and other similar situations this is an extremely useful option. Few
others are likely to see this as an issue, since it is a "user
definable" global option. While we would all like things to work
"straight out of the box" exactly the way we want, in reality the best
we can ask/hope for is an option to configure our specific requirements.


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