In OpenOffice, the two downright most annoying features were to me:
1. Having to put in credentials for being saved to a document.
This is gone from LibreOffice, thanks god.
The recovery feature is pretty much useless and downright annoying.
I have a system that currently crashes often, so every time I open my
document, it gets recovered.
First of all the choice of needing to recover presented to the user
before he/she can see the document, is just silly.
The program "vim" has the same. Out of the million times the recovery
thing was presented to me, the only times when I lost data was when I
recovered something that I had already written to and the recovery was
actually older, from my perspective. Yes I did lose text, no matter how
little it was in that instance.
There is no point to recovering if you don't know what's in it. The
least you could do is to tell a person what has changed between
I really wanted to call this stupid. It is just downright stupid.
It has existed for as long as I can remember and it is just equally as
It is still equally as stupid. Just stupid, stupid , stupid.
Putting an extra space in there on purpose. Cause I'm stupid too. So we
can both be stupid now. ;-).
There's no point to this recovery system. The last time it started to
recover, it then couldn't find the recovery file (in ~/.config/....) and
then said it had recovered successfully. Well, how good you are!
It is an unnecessary step and only frustrates. It does not even check
whether the files have changed. Most of the times there are no changes
because my system doesn't crash unless I do something to it (usually)
and I have my changes saved.
Vim also tries to recover files that haven't changed (because I never
even entered edit mode) and the only lesson you learn from it is to
always press delete. This is not about Vim, it is about LibreOffice, but
I am stupid.
If I could press delete on LibreOffice too, I would do it. Not the
entire program this time, only the recovery file that makes no sense and
90% of the time I will know it makes no sense to begin with.
But you are forced to go through these unnecessary steps. And maybe you
can turn it off, fine, I'm sure you can.
But it serves no purpose to anyone really. It would even be better if it
just created backups in the same directory upon each save and just used
that or offered that or by ill chance just inform the user of that if
you have nothing better.
Even a dropdown that said "view changes" would be better. Even a dialog
checking changes if it wants to recover at all, would be better.
Anything you imagine would probably be better including throwing the
source document away but having a backup of it that you can load.
Yes, even automatic recovery without the annoying dialog would be
I mean it is just an opinion here. But OpenOffice has existed since at
least 2000 from my memory, and it has *always* bugged the hell out of
And there is still no point to that system. None at all.
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