Linux command-line: libreoffice --convert-to odt:writer8 myfile.txt
The returned status code ($?) is zero. So far, so good. But, when I try to access the newly-created ODT file (E.g. copy it), it doesn’t yet exist.
sync; sync; sync right after the libreoffice batch execution did not help.
Adding --headless as an option did not help.
However, if I sleep for a few seconds immediately after the libreoffice batch execution, then the file finally gets completed before a subsequent command references the ODT file.
cp /etc/fstab myfile.txt libreoffice --headless --convert-to odt:writer8 myfile.txt RC=$? if [ $RC -ne 0 ]; then echo '*** libreoffice conversion failed for myfile.txt' exit 86 fi #sleep 3 ls *.odt
Result: ls: cannot access ‘*.odt’: No such file or directory
If one changes the above script so that the sleep is actually executed, then the ODT file is available.
Observation: It appears that executing libreoffice in batch mode is somehow kicking off a separate process to finish the ODT file.
Expected result: The exit to the shell and the availability of the ODT file should be synchronized.
Environment: Xubuntu 18.04, x64, up-to-date