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Problems running OOo on a Network

Hi there

I'm a Physics teacher who wants to use OOo on the school network but the Network manager refuses point blank to agree (despite it being the office program of choice of many of the pupils).

I use your excellent portable OOo from a Flash drive and it works fine on the network, so I tried to load it onto my allocated disc space on the network. This again worked fine, for a day, but now refuses to boot. The OOo flash screen comes up, a second or two passes and then you get a windows error message saying "The application cannot be started. An internal error occured" along with an OK clickable button. Click this and the application stops.

I'm pretty sure that the Network manager has knobbled it in some way, but have you any ideas as to why it won't work, and what I could do?

Incidentally, Portable Firefox works out of a folder on my Network space without any problem at all.

Will my bootstrap.ini help??

[Bootstrap]
BaseInstallation=$ORIGIN/..
ProductKey=OpenOffice.org 2.0
InstallMode=
UserInstallation=file://///bscdata1/ahb$/PortableOpenOffice/settings
[ErrorReport]
ErrorReportPort=80
ErrorReportServer=report.services.openoffice.org

Thanks for listening.

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Hi ! I have the same

Hi !

I have the same problem, updated to the newest portableOO, now I dont even get an error message any more, it just silently fails to start any of the OO apps.

Please have a look at this,
Cheers,
Karl

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Mapped letter

All the portable apps require a drive letter. They won't work off a named network share.

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i'd like to have this fixed.

i'd like to have this fixed.

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Won't Fix

This is classified as a WONTFIX issue as nearly every application requires a drive letter internally to function correctly (keep in mind, these apps are expecting to run in C:\Program Files by default). We'd have to hack the base apps (ie Firefox and OpenOffice themselves) to get it working from a network share with no letter, and that's something I don't want to touch... then we get into having to maintain a separate release, etc.

Bottom line, if you don't have a letter, you can't use the apps.

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Firefox does work without Driveletter

I got portable firfox on that networkshare with hidden driveletter an dit works.

well, openoffice sems to be different programmed.

Would it be worth to post my issue to the OO.org development?

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If you don't try...

You may never know. Couldn't hurt, don'tcha think? John's launcher isn't really designed to address this sort of situation.

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That's new, then

Firefox didn't use to work off a network share. You could try filing a bug with the OpenOffice.org team. They may or may not accept it. I would guess running off an unlettered network share isn't a high priority for these apps as it's a very non-standard situation, but you could give it a shot.

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What about subst?

Could work.
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