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2015-05-18 18:01:51 +0200 asked a question Customizing the keyboard with unusual keys

I am using LO 4.2.8.2 with Ubuntu 14.04. And I have a Sun keyboard.

LO provides a nice Customize feature, which gives you a list of keys, shows what commands they are currently linked to, and allows you to link them to all sorts of weird and wonderful things. You can even save the settings, and modify the saved setting offline.

So I have bound Undo and Redo and even Find (though I cannot bind it to whatever ctrl-F is bound to).

But what about the keys that are not listed (notably Copy, Paste and Cut)? They are all picked up by the OS, and xev shows that they have keysyms linked to them (XF86COPY, etc). But even if I attempt to set them offline on the saved .cfg, using every plausible naming, they are ignored (without even an error message).

Oddly enough, the official list does include SunProps and SunFront (whyever those two?) and I can bind SunProps to the Copy function.

But that at least means that the string "SunProps" is stored somewhere within the system, so I went looking for it using strings and egrep on every binary and every library that seemed to have the remotest connection with LO, and I looked also in every plausible share directory. But to avail (yet it must be there somewhere, so where is it?)

I have googled, and found that this problem has been reported several times, but noone has offered an answer.

So please, how can I work around this problem? I don't really want to go to the trouble of downloading the LO sourcecode and excavating it that way.

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2014-01-25 21:42:46 +0200 asked a question Libreoffice Impress won't run videos

4.0.3.3 (Build ID: 400m0(Build:3)) on Ubuntu 12.10

Trying to include a video in an Impress presentation. You Insert->Movie and Sound, or you use Tools->Media Player. This lets you Open (with or without Link) a file (.avi in my case). The screen goes dim, and gives the impression that things are happening. Then a toolbar appears with a Play button (which looks suspiciously gray), but nothing happens. Opinions seem to vary as to whether it uses gstreamer or JMF (or both). In recent days I have installed:

  • gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (claims to support every imaginable format)
  • openjdk-7-jre
  • icedtea-7
  • jmf-2_1_1e-linux-i586

That last one is a pain, because it has to be downloaded from Oracle, and is a beast to setup.

I have included in my .profile:

export JMFHOME=/usr/lib/jvm/classes/JMF-2.1.1e
export CLASSPATH=$JMFHOME/lib/jmf.jar:$JMFHOME/lib/sound.jar
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$JMFHOME/lib:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH

and the JMF - Diagnostics Applet produces no complaints. I even tried jmstudio, and I got the sound from my video, but it seemed to want javax before actually showin anything.

But after all that, I can still get nothing running in Impress.

What else do I need to do?