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Re: [K12OSN] OT: Weird OpenOffice behavior



> Terrel Prude wrote:
> Interesting...on which distro of GNU/Linux is this happening?

This is using the CentOS based version of K12LTSP, the last version
that is recommended if you want a RHEL based distro. It used LTSP 4.2.
 This server is using pulseaudio instead of esd for sound if that
makes any difference at all (it shouldn't?)

> GDK sits in between X11 and the GTK API.  How do other GTK-based apps
> behave, for example, Evolution?

This is the only app that seems to have problems, and only for a few
users (4 that I know of) out of 600+ users.

> Another test:  with a given userID, try logging into a KDE desktop instead
> of GNOME and try starting up staroffice -writer.  If that doesn't work, then
> try running "soffice -writer" to run the built-in OpenOffice.org.

staroffice will not launch in a KDE session.  I thought it might but
it doesn't. I have tested with numerous 'guest' accounts (general
purpose generic accounts that teachers sometimes use if they don't
want the students to log into their accounts).  soffice -writer
launches staroffice as well. OO.o isn't installed on the system (I
uninstalled it prior to installing SO8)

>
> David Hopkins wrote:
>
> This is actually with StarOffice8 but ... perhaps someone has a clue
> ... at this point I don't.
>
> I have a couple of users who cannot launch the application via the
> panel or from the command line IF they specify the type of document.
> e.g. if they launch a terminal session and type "staroffice8" , it
> launches and they can then select a new document.
>
> However, if, for example, they type "staroffice8 -writer", they get
> the following:  (repeated numerous times)
>
> (soffice:6231): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_xid_table_lookup_for_display:
> assertion `GDK_IS_DISPLAY (display)' failed
>
> (soffice:6231): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_display_peek_event: assertion
> `GDK_IS_DISPLAY (display)' failed
>
> (soffice:6231): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_xid_table_lookup_for_
> display:
> assertion `GDK_IS_DISPLAY (display)' failed
>
> I have tried deleting all .gnome* .gconf* files, I have reset the
> desktop, I have deleted all files/directories from /tmp ... but
> nothing works.
>
> Now, to make it really strange, if I open a terminal and then su -
> their_username (in essence creating a login terminal session
> environment?), now, from this second login in the shell staroffice8
> -writer WORKS!! ????  .... Why?  It implies there is something wrong
> with their initial terminal session.  How is su - different from just
> opening a terminal from a gnome session where they are logged in?
> Googling for Gdk-CRITICAL ... doesn't/hasn't been useful.
>
> I know I could upgrade to OpenOffice 3 (or the StarOffice equivalent)
> but I can't do so in the middle of the school year.
>
> Sincerely,
> Dave Hopkins
> Newark Charter School
>
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