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Bug 32270 - Only preselect useful dictionaries for Installation
Summary: Only preselect useful dictionaries for Installation
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Installation (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.3.0 RC1
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2010-12-09 09:35 UTC by Rainer Bielefeld Retired
Modified: 2011-07-23 01:14 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2010-12-09 09:35:18 UTC
Installation from LibreOffice 3.3 (4cf8f8a3) Installation Files (I believe I used Multi-Languages, not All-Languages) has all dictionaries preselected for installation.It's really annoying to unselect all not required dictionairies.
I believe only English, UI-Language and the ones found in user profile should be installed, and only the dictionaries that will be installed should be shown in installation dialog.
Comment 1 Don't use this account, use 2010-12-09 10:44:47 UTC
At first I thought, good idea, but now I am not sure. Read on:

There is already code in a (LibreOffice-specific, as far as I know, not in custom action to automatically deselect UI languages not likely not be useful. The same heuristic could presumably be used also to deselect dictionaries not likely to be useful.

But, it is quite likely that such automatic cleverness will cause unpleasant surprises for many users; I can well imagine that people prefer to have the LibreOffice UI in the same language as their Windows installation is, but still want to write documents in other languages, too. There will be lots of complaints like " comes with a Spanish dictionary, why doesn't LibreOffice" and we will have to explain over and over again that they need to (re-)run a custom installation and select the Spanish dictionary. So maybe we need an explicit extra step in the installation wizard to ask for which dictionaries to install.

So, is the disk space saved by leaving some dictionaries uninstalled significant that it is worth it to have this kind of automation that will often misfire?
Comment 2 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-07-22 23:43:31 UTC
And so I every time again I download a 2008 Zulu hyphenation dictionary, I think that that's an anachronistic solution.

I want trusted dictionaries I need and not superfluous dubious ones I even can't remove.

I heard as a rumor that too many installed dictionaries might cause performance problems?
Comment 3 Don't use this account, use 2011-07-23 00:04:31 UTC
And I heard a rumour that Elvis is now a coffee farmer in Paraguay.
Comment 4 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-07-23 01:14:18 UTC
That's definitively wrong - the coffee farmer in Paraguay is Elves' twin brother!