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[libreoffice-users] Bug: Setting $DATA causes LibreOffice to crash


Quick summary: Setting the environment variable $DATA causes
LibreOffice to crash.

I'm using LibreOffice version 3.3.4 on Ubuntu 11.04.

Help > About says;
LibreOffice 3.3.4
OOO330m19 (Build:401)
tag libreoffice-3.3.3.1, Ubuntu package 1:3.3.4-0ubuntu1

I normally set an environment variable $DATA to the full name of a
directory (for purposes unrelated to LibreOffice). I've found that
when this environment variable is set, LibreOffice refuses to run.
When I run the command "libreoffice" from the command line, it shows
the splash screen, then terminates with an error message:

terminate called after throwing an instance of
'com::sun::star::uno::RuntimeException'

(Incidentally, it doesn't set a non-zero exit status.)

I've worked around the problem by changing the name of my environment
variable from $DATA to $DAT, but I suggest that LibreOffice shouldn't
misbehave if $DATA is set -- or, at the very least, that it should
give me an error message telling me how to work around the problem.
(It took me a long time to figure out that the problem was caused by
an environment variable, and a while longer to narrow down which one.)

I've downloaded the source code to try to track down the problem.
I haven't completely diagnosed it, but I suspect that the
culprit is the Components::parseXcsXcuIniLayer() function in
configmgr/source/components.cxx :

...
if (ini.getFrom(rtl::OUString(RTL_CONSTASCII_USTRINGPARAM("DATA")), urls))
{
parseFileList(layer + 1, &parseXcuFile, urls, ini, recordAdditions);
}

I also wonder whether some other seemingly innocuous environment
variables might cause similar problems.

I saw a similar problem in OpenOffice.

--
Keith Thompson <Keith.S.Thompson@gmail.com>

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