MAJOR 'Garble' Bug in Writer 6.2

asked 2019-03-02 19:48:51 +0200

The Pool Man gravatar image


I've been a very happy Libreoffice user for some years now. Converted my wife and she's happy too. We contribute $20 now and again. I've almost always used the early adopter version vs. the older stable builds.

I've been using 6.2 since after it's release and have discovered a major bug in Writer. Meaning bah-bye early adopter version. I cannot quite isolate what causes the bug but what it does isn't pretty.

I've been working on Writer docs of some pages. They have inserted images. Boldface, italics, etc.. As I proceed down the document something suddenly happens to the last two paragraphs are so. It basically mangles them.

And so if I were Charles Dickens writing this --

"A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin."

-- minutes later the last paragraph or so will look like this --

"A fear ul man, all in coarse grey, with agre at iron on an with no hat, and withbro kenshoes, and with an old rag tied rounan who had been soaked in water, and smot heredin mu .ed by stones, and cut by f ff ttles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shive wled; and whose teeth chatterkl ead as he seized me by the chin."

It will break words into two parts, it will edit out a string of words, add spaces. It's unusable. It will happen about once every other hour.

I suspect the auto-save should be re-examined, since it always mangles the last few paragraphs.

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If you zoom-in, what happens? It could be a rendering issue. Try print preview or export to PDF to see if the text if OK.

RGB-es gravatar imageRGB-es ( 2019-03-02 20:07:31 +0200 )edit

Thanks for reply. 1.) I've uninstalled it and so I'm just leaving this info here in case someone else sees it. 2.) Why would rendering fail in only the last paragraphs instead of the entire document?

The Pool Man gravatar imageThe Pool Man ( 2019-03-02 20:16:05 +0200 )edit

No idea. I've seen random rendering issues in the past and all I know is that they are difficult to predict. In some settings they happen more often than in others, there are just too many factors (OS, graphic card, drivers...)

RGB-es gravatar imageRGB-es ( 2019-03-02 20:28:33 +0200 )edit