[K12OSN] OT: Weird OpenOffice behavior

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Tue Jan 6 02:08:46 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-01-05 at 07:36 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> David Hopkins wrote:
> > 
> > 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?
> The only difference should be in the way environment variables are set. 
>   Try running 'env >filename' from a terminal session before and after 
> the su and diff the files.  I'm not sure about all the differences but I 
> think a graphical login will source .profile where a bash shell login 
> (which su - will emulate) will source .bash_profile instead if it exists 
> - and there may be some other differences.
Also bear in mind that gnome add it's own layer of environment stuff. So
even if you su - in a terminal window, you will not get the gnome
environment with out going through the gdm login. You will get a null

Try backing up the affected users .gnome2 to a new name (mv the old one
out of the way.). Now have the user login from scratch. This will pull
in a new, generic .gnome2. Test the soffice issue. Now they log out and
you run a diff. I suspect they twiddled something using gconf-tool2 and
broke something. Also diff a working user .gnome2 (and maybe .gconf)
with the busted one.

> -- 
>    Les Mikesell
>     lesmikesell at gmail.com
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