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Open Office will not open network files. Solved!!!

Postby Fornhamfred on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:02 pm

I know in the dim and distant past on a different distro I had this problem. I can see word and excel files on my XP machine across the network but when I double click them to open them with Open Office the Open Office splash screen is displayed but the files do not open. The same operation in PcLinux and the files open and are editable before resaving to the Windows XP drives. Can anyone suggest a solution please.
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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby Zwopper on Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:31 pm

Fornhamfred wrote:I know in the dim and distant past on a different distro I had this problem. I can see word and excel files on my XP machine across the network but when I double click them to open them with Open Office the Open Office splash screen is displayed but the files do not open. The same operation in PcLinux and the files open and are editable before resaving to the Windows XP drives. Can anyone suggest a solution please.

I've got the same problem, my band-aid solution is to copy the files back and forth - NOT very efficient!
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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby Fornhamfred on Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:25 am

Yes I have used that method in the past, but there is a solution. Hopefully someone can help us out.

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Well now, I do not know what has changed but I am able to open all the open office files on the shared discs on my XP machine, edit them and save.
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15minutes later. Nothing has changed on either machine but I once again cannot open the office files on XP. Intermittant problems are the worst.
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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby Fornhamfred on Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:43 am

I have posted this problem on the open office forum but without success, how-ever I found the same problem with Mepis. After opening Smbk4 and manually adding a bookmark to the drive on my XP machine I was able to open the open office files, edit them and save.

I found Smbk4 in the package manager in Mint, downloaded it,opened it and under network manually mounted my XP drive and was able to edit the files. My XP shares were also displayed if I scanned the network even though they are often not available under network in Nautilus.

The problem would appear to be with Samba and not Open Office.
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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby alvaro.sim on Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:21 pm

try to install openoffice.org-gnome

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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby Fornhamfred on Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:11 pm

What is openoffice.org-gnome? I have looked in the repositories and cannot find it.
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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby Zwopper on Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:39 pm

Fornhamfred wrote:What is openoffice.org-gnome? I have looked in the repositories and cannot find it.

It is in Synaptics, and it solved my problems.
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Re: Open Office will not open network files.

Postby Fornhamfred on Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:34 pm

Thanks Zopper

I had looked in Synaptics but could not see it but did search and there is was. Works a treat thanks as long as Samba is not throwing a wobbly.
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