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asked 2012-12-07 11:46:35 +0200

anonymous user


updated 2020-07-23 18:25:57 +0200

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Excel and word files opens locked or as read-only

We just changes our systems from MS Office(2000,6.0) to Libreoffice.

When our users try to open an xls file they encounter 2 problems.

  1. The file is locked by a specific user but no one else is using that file
  2. the xls or word files open as read-only.

How can we solve these 2 problems?

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answered 2013-02-26 20:41:31 +0200

qubit gravatar image

Hi @wouterhaegeman,

Just checking-in regarding your issue. LO 4.0 has been released, and it would be great if you could test with that build and see if your problem remains.

If installing the latest release doesn't seem to fix this problem, please file a bug and provide a list of steps that can reproduce your problem. The QA team will be happy to help you track down this issue!

Please post a link to any bugs you file in a comment below using the format "fdo#123456".


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answered 2013-01-04 09:54:25 +0200

wouterhaegeman gravatar image

It's not a read-only folder

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Can you read/write any documents to this network location using LO? i.e. is it only "former ms-excel" files that are causing trouble?

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-06 18:04:43 +0200 )edit

2nd question: What version of LO are you using? If it's not the latest (3.6.4), could you try downloading and installing the latest version?

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-06 18:07:13 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-01-03 11:17:55 +0200

wouterhaegeman gravatar image

The files are on a network location, and I'm sure that the files are closed.

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@wouterhaegeman -- Is the network location mounted as a read-only filesystem? To test that: Can you create/edit files on that filesystem using a different program? If XLS files aren't working for you, can you edit text files (.txt) living on that filesystem using LO Writer?

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-03 20:15:38 +0200 )edit

it's not a read-only folder, just a former ms-excell file

wouterhaegeman gravatar imagewouterhaegeman ( 2013-01-04 15:42:28 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-12-09 07:54:33 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

@ famo

You wrote: "Open the files in LO (read-only), choose File - Save as ... and save them in the OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), which would be here: ODS for spreadsheets, ODT for textdocuments. When working with LO this is the recommended file-format (anyways)."

Is there a way to make a mass conversion from MSO formats to LibO formats? Such a SW/macro could run during nighttime.

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Menu/File/Wizard/Document Converter

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2012-12-09 15:46:19 +0200 )edit

@ mariosv Thanks for this hint. This is a great feature!

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2012-12-09 16:13:54 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-12-08 14:55:52 +0200

famo gravatar image

In addition to qubits post:

You can look for a lock-file in the same directory as the xls-files. Lock-files are created by LO upon opening a document. When the user gets disconnected from the network or his LO isn't closed properly, these lock-files persist and give a false error message when trying to open the file.

The lock-files are hidden so, you may need to enable the view of hidden files in your file-explorer. The naming of the lock files is as follows:

  • .~lock."Name-of-XLS".xls#

whereby "Name-of-XLS" is the actual name of XLS-file (w/o the quotation marks). - When you find such files, just delete them and try opening the files again.

Another solution would be:

Open the files in LO (read-only), choose File - Save as ... and save them in the OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), which would be here: ODS for spreadsheets, ODT for textdocuments. When working with LO this is the recommended file-format (anyways).


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answered 2012-12-07 23:52:09 +0200

qubit gravatar image

Hi @Anonymous,

There could be a couple of problems plaguing you and preventing you from editing your xls documents. The two problems you're mentioning -- locked files and files opening up as read-only sound like they could be related. It's possible that you're just seeing two symptoms pointing to a single problem.

First, it would be helpful to know more about the system setup that you're using. You mention problems about files being locked by one user -- are you storing files on a networked or shared file system and having multiple users access (and edit?) those files?

After one user accesses/edits a file, do they close the file and exit out of LibreOffice before another user attempts to access the same file?

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