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Not just windows. I had a similar problem with, I can't remember if it was LibreOffice or OpenOffice on Linux years ago. After I installed it as root, I discovered the system directory permissions were all changed to 400 or some such - which means only the owner (root) can read them - no write or execute for anybody. Needless to say, that brought my system down and I too, had to do a lot of manual file permission changes. Thank goodness for the "-R" argument to "chmod" to change all recursively. From then on, I always build/package programs as a normal user first, not root. That way I get a lot of "Permission Denied" messages if some package installation is ill-behaved. My packaging scripts also change all package file permissions and owners to sane values before it is packaged. Since I instituted this policy, I have not had my system compromised by bad packages, and I build hundreds of them. Once bitten, twice shy.

Girvin Herr

On 07/09/2017 02:33 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
There was a Win 10 update that messed up the permissions in one of the
places i volunteer at.

I have no idea how to fix it.  I think we went through each individual
folder to reset the permissions but that sounds like a very inefficient and
highly error-prone way of trying to fix it generally.  Still, 'everyone'
loves Windows.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 9 July 2017 at 17:46, Tom Williams <> wrote:

On 07/08/2017 02:56 AM, MICHAEL HELY wrote:
I am having trouble with this suite.   Normally I have been able to
open, amend, and save a document without any problem.    However, in the
last week or so I can only open a document in read-only form.   To change
the contents I have to open a copy for editing, save that under a different
name, delete the original, and then rename the new document to fit in with
my filing system.     This is time consuming, and very inconvenient.
The only event that I can identify as a possible cause is that about the
same time there was an automatic update to Windows 10, and there might be
some incompatablity between the updated Windows and LibreOffice.    (I have
since installed the latest update to LibreOffice5, but to no avail;  the
problem is still there).    However that is only a wild guess!     I would
be grateful for your advice and a remedy
M. Hely

I have two basic questions:

  1. Have you confirmed the original file wasn't already "read-only"
     before attempting to open it?
  2. Are you opening files from the file system or directly from an email

These are things you have probably already thought of but I want to ask
anyway.  :)   I've run LibreOffice 5 on a couple of Windows 10 systems
and have been able to open, edit, and save documents without issue.


"The Other" Tom

/When we dance, you have a way with me,
Stay with me... Sway with me.../

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