attempting to delete page break crashes writer

asked 2020-01-16 15:53:10 +0100

rum_100p gravatar image

In my libreoffice writer document, there's a manual page break I need to delete, but every time I try, libreoffice crashes. I've tried back space and the delete button. I've searched the web and cannot find any answers. I'm using version ( on Windows 10 home edition.

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A file is needed to attempt to help...

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-01-16 15:55:02 +0100 )edit

Also, what is the file format?

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-01-16 16:00:45 +0100 )edit

Sorry for the delay... The file format is .odt I don't get any errors, libreoffice just crashes when I try to delete the page break. The manual page break is needed to change the page style.

I didn't want to attach the file because it's the final draft of my 3rd novel. So I condensed it to 4 pages to attach, but the problem went away and I was able to delete the manual page break. I suspected that it's related to the file size (583 pages) and my computer can't reorder the two-page book layout because of all the different page styles. But this shouldn't be a problem because I can delete all other page breaks with only a minor delay in the page reordering.

I suspect it needed more memory allocation, but all the help online is for older libreoffice versions that ...(more)

rum_100p gravatar imagerum_100p ( 2020-01-17 04:30:32 +0100 )edit

I copied the chapter after the page break, and pasted as unformatted text to make a duplicate chapter (but with the correct page break). I renamed the original chapter as corrupted, then deleted it paragraph by paragraph (backspaced...) and when the corrupted chapter was all deleted, I was able to delete the page wrong break. So I eliminated that problem, but when I tried to reformat the chapter again, I applied one specific paragraph style and it caused libreoffice to it has something to do with this paragraphs style or that's a separate issue. I can work around this one though and not use it or try to recreate it.

rum_100p gravatar imagerum_100p ( 2020-01-17 15:53:01 +0100 )edit

That is unfortunate decision - not to file the bug. Good that you found a workaround suitable for you; yet, you found some combination that crashes Writer; and you likely can provide something to reproduce - a great thing! many users can't; and those users would be still hit by the unfixed bug - because no one who can reproduce it had provided a reproducer to developers.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-01-25 11:36:37 +0100 )edit

In my experience, Apache OpenOffice is much more stable when working with large files. Install it and try it as an option to open problem files.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-01-25 12:10:48 +0100 )edit

I still have a copy of the 'corrupted' file, so I will try to figure out how to "file the bug". I may try OpenOffice if I have any more problems.

rum_100p gravatar imagerum_100p ( 2020-01-25 16:33:02 +0100 )edit