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I am unable to save any files or edit user paths when using LO Writer from the Tails OS

asked 2020-09-03 18:38:11 +0100

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Hi, I work with Libre Office from my Windows OS without any problems, I have recently started using the Tails OS which has Libre Office installed by default. I can print documents but cannot save anything, when trying to save, the screen dims and nothing happens. I have looked into security settings in - Tools>Options but cannot find a setting which changes this behaviour. I also tried changing default Paths but the same thing occurs there too. The problem seems to be with Libre Office because I can save documents using a text editor without any trouble. I would be grateful if there is a solution to this problem.

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Just tested Tail OS on a virtual machine (using ISO image) and it seems to be a bad idea to save files on that operating system machine, since saved data won't be persistent and will get lost after reboot (There seems to be a method called Persistent Storage making this functionality available). That makes me ask: How do you try to save your files? Do you use a network storage to accomplish this?

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2020-09-03 19:59:33 +0100 )edit

You are correct about the storage, both amnesic and the optional persistent. I have enabled persistent storage and saving files written with a text editor works perfectly with both types of storage. So I still think the answer lies with some LO setting. I have googled this question without success and the Tails website when trying outwith Tails gives this unhelpful answer - "tails.boum.org uses an unsupported protocol" end of story.

ginnes gravatar imageginnes ( 2020-09-04 00:27:50 +0100 )edit

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answered 2020-09-04 16:42:53 +0100

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Booted up Tails this morning created my system password and logged into persistence and was still unable to save files from Libre Office to my persistence folders. I opened the settings app in case there was something I had missed and noticed the Display section was showing two monitors and I only have one. Several months ago I had problems with my monitors HDMI input and had to connect a VGA cable to get my monitor to work, I eventually sorted the HDMI input but neglected to remove the VGA cable. I have now removed this cable and rebooted Tails several times and this file save problem seems to have disappeared. I don’t understand the relationship between the Display and my file save problem, however it appears to be resolved.

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