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-------- Original Message --------
From: Stephan Bergmann []
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020, 13:35 UTC
To: LibreOffice Users
Cc: Dave Barton
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Create a relative hyperlink to file?

On 19/09/2020 16:33, Dave Barton wrote:
I am trying to create a Writer document with a number of links to files
in the same directory as the odt file itself. Using absolute paths
everything works perfectly, but relative links (eg. file://
always fail with a "not an *absolute* URL" error.

What version of LibreOffice are you using, and what is the exact wording
of the error message?  At least with recent versions of LibreOffice, the
wording of the error message when clicking the link should be:
"'file://' cannot be passed to an external application to open
it (e.g., it might not be an absolute URL, or might denote no existing

And note that <file://> is not a relative URL, it is an absolute
file URL with an "" authority, which is interpreted by
LibreOffice at least on Windows to denote the root directory of some
(most likely non-existing) UNC share.

Hi Stephan,

Thanks for taking the time to reply, but as I said in response to Regina
and others later in this thread: "Today I started the computers
(Win 10-2004 x64 & Linux Kernel 5.8 x64) running LO, opened the
odt file and the relative links worked perfectly." I am unable to
discover or explain why it did not work initially.

My issue now is to find a way to get those relative links working in an
exported PDF copy of the file. I have tried several different export
options, but clicking the links in the PDF file always returns the "File
<Absolute Path> not found" error.

Best Regards

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