Bug 131619 - The document doesn't try to update styles from template it is based on, if file moved and links are relative
Summary: The document doesn't try to update styles from template it is based on, if fi...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 131392
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2020-03-27 08:36 UTC by larson
Modified: 2024-01-29 08:10 UTC (History)
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Description larson 2020-03-27 08:36:17 UTC
Here is one of the LibreOffice options: Tools > Options > Load/Save > General > Save URLs relative to file system.

Most of the time we want this option to be enabled, because it provides us an opportunity to insert linked images with relative paths instead of absolute ones.

Typically, we would store the linked images close to the target document - in such a case, "Save URLs relative to file system" works fine. See below.



The problem with "Save URLs relative to file system" option is that it works the same way for linked **templates**.

The templates - in contrast with images - are typically stored in the special "Templates" directory. On Windows, it will be %AppData%\LibreOffice\4\user\template. They don't "travel" with the document.

Hence, when you have "Save URLs relative to file system" option is enabled, and then you create a document with a template linked to it, and then you save and close it, and then you move it to another disk drive (e.g., to the disk D), the document will stop to notice any changes in the template it is linked to.

Step by step guide:

0. Ensure "Save URLs relative to file system" option is enabled.
1. Create a custom template and save it to %AppData%\LibreOffice\4\user\template. (It is assuming that this directory is located on the disk C.)
2. Create a document based on this template. Save it do disk C. Ensure the template is linked to it.
3. Close it. Move it to disk D.
4. Open the template and make some changes in its styles. Of course, save it and close it.
5. Open the moved document and notice that there is no prompt to update the styles.

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Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: Yes

Additional Info:
Comment 1 larson 2020-03-27 08:55:58 UTC
How it should be fixed:

The linked templates should always use absolute paths; not relative ones. That is, "Save URLs relative to file system" should not affect how they are linked.
Comment 2 Oliver Brinzing 2020-03-28 10:35:09 UTC
> Open the moved document and notice that there is no prompt to update the styles.

reproducible with:

Version: (x64)
Build ID: 54d3760f7dbd759cc8de6c777c6a2154d2382f16
CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 18363; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win; 
Locale: de-DE (de_DE); UI-Language: en-US
Calc: threaded

LO user Profile:

meta.xml, document saved to 
a) same drive:
<meta:template xlink:type="simple" xlink:actuate="onRequest" xlink:title="HelloTest" xlink:href="../user/template/HelloTest.ott" meta:date="2020-03-28T11:15:37.978000000"/>

b) different drive:
<meta:template xlink:type="simple" xlink:actuate="onRequest" xlink:title="HelloTest" xlink:href="file:///D:/sources/libo-core/instdir/user/template/HelloTest.ott" meta:date="2020-03-28T11:11:49.175000000"/>

After a template styles update there is no info about changed styles in case a) if the document has been moved to a different path. In case b) a message box pops up:
"The template 'HelloTest' on which this document is based, has been modified. Do you want to update style based formatting according to the modified template?"

btw: I remember there was a template changer extension available:
Comment 3 Oliver Brinzing 2020-03-28 12:10:57 UTC
I think there should be a configuration option to let the user know that the document template is not available. In this case, you should be able to reassign the template.
Comment 4 larson 2020-03-28 12:52:26 UTC
> I think there should be a configuration option to let the user know
> that the document template is not available. 

Yes, I think it is good idea. It could be considered as a temporary solution until LO will be able to handle it in a more elegant way.

> https://extensions.libreoffice.org/extensions/template-changer

Deprecated. One should use DocumentTemplateChanger instead.

* https://extensions.libreoffice.org/extensions/documenttemplatechanger
* https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=50699
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2022-03-29 03:59:30 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 sdc.blanco 2022-03-29 12:36:11 UTC
@larson -- have you tried to add paths for templates in Tools > LibreOffice > Paths > Tenplates?  

Also -- maybe the summary for the bug can be improved so that it specifies the situation more exactly
Comment 7 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2024-01-29 08:10:40 UTC
Still reproduced in:

Version: (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 2cedb1a19ad605df4e148589e9027512e4dd9265
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 5.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-AU (en_AU.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded

Discussion about this has happened in bug 131392, and there is agreement that something needs to be done, likely making linking to templates absolute as a default, and possibly adding an option to split this setting for templates.

Marking as a duplicate of earlier bug.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 131392 ***