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Gary Dale wrote:
On 12/10/14 06:27 AM, Dave Barton wrote:
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
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
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.
Actually you asked for a reproducible example, which I've already
provided, along with screen shots showing the bug.

No, at that time you had given no information about any report you may
have made. Only later did you come forward with a bug report number.

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.
That's because bugzilla refuses to take e-mail from me. I can send bug
reports via reportbug but it doesn't want to take e-mail sent via
icedove, probably due to the way it reads addresses - ignoring the
reply-to and only using the from field.

I don't understand what you mean about emailing into Bugzilla. I have
been using the Bugzilla software for over a decade and to the best of my
knowledge it does not accept email input. If you know differently please
enlighten me.

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.)
You can get them directly from developer Cor Nouws. The fact that he
failed to attach them to the bug report suggests that he doesn't see the

No I can't get them from Cor. I don't know if he is a developer or not,
but either way it is your issue and you opened the report, so if you
wanted to get your issue resolved it is your responsibility to make the
necessary information available on Bugzilla where others can evaluate it.

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.
Perhaps but the odds are against the same effect having two separate

The odds are very much in favour of it having a separate cause, because
Heinrich now reports that his issue has been resolved in a more recent

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
Again, blame Cor for not attaching them. So long as bugzilla doesn't
take legitimate followups, I can't do much. I'd like to send you the
e-mail I sent him but if you're not willing to accept it, I'm stymied.

Why do you want to "blame" anyone"? Of course Bugzilla accepts follow
ups. I added a follow up (see the link above) to your report and you can
do the same by simply following that link and logging in. You must
already have log-in credentials or you could not have made the report in
the first place. The reason I said don't send things to me directly was
because the information needed to be made readily available to anyone
who was prepared to evaluate and possibly work on your issue.

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.
As I said, I'm not asking for the feature to be removed, although I
don't really see how form letters help authors create manuscripts, but
rather for it to not be enabled by default. I suggest that there are a
lot more business users creating form letters than there are authors
creating manuscripts. And for almost anyone, having spurious blank pages
inserted into the output is not what they want. As a global default, it
should be unchecked, not checked.

Why are you talking about form letters helping authors create
manuscripts? If you fully understood how the software can be used to
prepare manuscripts for publication you would realise these are not
"spurious" blank pages. The software can be used for the creation of
many different types of documents. Form letters and manuscripts are just
two unrelated types that can be created.

It's possible that this "feature" is related to the bug because both
cause interspersed blank pages that show up in the page count in the
print dialogue.

No it appears that they are not related, see above.

Since you appear to only want to argue with someone who was willing to
try and assist and blame others, I have no further interest in this issue.


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