Getting OpenOffice Writer to give up attempting recovery of non-existent documents

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Each time I start Writer it insists on starting recovery. There’s no option to give up trying to recover a particular file. You can skip attempting it at any given start, but the only way it’ll stop asking is if it eventually succeeds. If the original file no longer exists, or is no longer accessible, then it’ll never stop asking; if you do attempt recovery it’ll mark it “Failed”, but then ask again next time Writer starts. To fix this: Delete

~/.openoffice.org/3/user/registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/Recovery.xcu

(thanks)

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3 Responses to “Getting OpenOffice Writer to give up attempting recovery of non-existent documents”

  1. Inge Birkeli Says:

    Right, for nonexisting files, but what if there really are existing files that need recovery after a crash?

    The Recovery.xcu content is:

  2. Roland Turner Says:

    I’m not sure what happened to the rest of your comment…

    Presumably just run through recovery as usual? (The problem that I was solving was that if the file no longer existed, OOW insisted on trying to recover it at each start.)

  3. mk Says:

    I’m repeatedly stunned that such abysmal designs not only occur but persist for years.

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