Bug 131529 - Install galleries in the user space to allow modification
Summary: Install galleries in the user space to allow modification
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsDevEval
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Blocks: 81880 Gallery
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Reported: 2020-03-24 12:18 UTC by andreas_k
Modified: 2023-12-01 15:56 UTC (History)
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Description andreas_k 2020-03-24 12:18:36 UTC
The LibreOffice gallery sidebar is a really great option to handle often used shapes or predefined shapes.

The issue is that the existing preinstalled galleries are maybe examples how to use the gallery but ordinary very unflexible to use cause:

- you can't remove and ADD gallery items (cause the gallery is stored in the install folder)
- the svg, png, ... image files are not themable you can't change the colors, shapes, ...

dictionaries are also extensions. If the user use extensions from the extension page, the user can use the galleries how were needed BPMN, Flowchart, ... whatever. And extension can be also preinstalled (like LibO did with dictionaries).
Comment 1 andreas_k 2020-03-24 12:19:10 UTC
An link to the extension page from the gallery sidebar next to the New Template can be usefull.
Comment 2 Roman Kuznetsov 2020-03-24 20:27:18 UTC
+1 from me
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2020-03-25 11:06:54 UTC
Why not installing the Galleries at the user space? Likely the same as shipping it as extension.
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2020-03-25 11:11:06 UTC
Please try with a nightly build.
Comment 5 andreas_k 2020-03-25 11:32:18 UTC
The header was "Gallery elements only available as extension" that it's not possible to modify an preinstalled gallery is only an side effect.

Or at least offer the top 10 items from the design survey 2015 (and the rest as extension)

It's not good to make surveys and don't respect the results from the survey.
Comment 6 Heiko Tietze 2020-03-27 10:55:24 UTC
All galleries as extension leads to no gallery when build is done without it. And that might feel as broken app. If we store the shipped extensions at the user space it has the same effect but circumvents the extension management. 

Let's see if we get more opinions on that.
Comment 7 Heiko Tietze 2021-06-16 07:00:53 UTC
Cloph, what do you think about installing Galleries in the (writable) user space.
Comment 8 Heiko Tietze 2022-02-21 12:51:23 UTC
it's an unfortunate situation when Delete or Rename, for example, do nothing on shipped Gallery items because the user has no write permission. Either we block all functions or, better, install Gallery items in the user space.
Comment 9 Heiko Tietze 2023-12-01 15:53:40 UTC
*** Bug 158248 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 Eyal Rozenberg 2023-12-01 15:54:56 UTC
How about using something symbolic links?