Created attachment 43616 [details]
Screenshot of the "help message" box on WindowsXp32bit (SP3)
as I start \pathtoLibreOffice\program\soffice.exe -h under Windows i get a Message Box labeled Help Message.
This box shows me many commandline arguments that i can give LibreOffice at startup.
But as you can see in my attached file, the text get a little bit confused.
Some characters (or many i don't know) are cut of. And because the message box is not resizeable there is no way to get the information.
[Reproducible] with "LibreOffice 3.4.1RC1 - WIN7 Home Premium (64bit) German UI [OOO340m1 (Build:101)]". Currently I see this as an UI problem.
Please feel free to reassign if it’s not your area or if provided information is not sufficient.
The relevant .src file location seems to be desktop/source/app/desktop.src, line 163. It would be an Easy Hack to enlarge this dialog.
But that is just a stopgap fix, of course. The sane thing would be to have the dialog resizable, or scrollable. Resizable dialogs in general is a much harder problem, and it certainly is not worth it to make just this dialog (which maybe one user in a thousand will even know to look for) resizable. As for making the dialog scrollable, well, why not then instead just have the -h start a normal LO text document window displaying a read-only copy of some suitable help document?
And in fact, I would even say that this dialog is fairly useless. Only "power users" would think of running soffice.exe with a -h switch anyway, and they should know how to find out the command-line parameters acceptable in some other way, like in the help. (I hope the same information *is* present in the help? If not, that is then another bug, to be filed against the documentation.)
Rainer: you didn't actually assign to me, but that's OK, as I don't want this bug anyway;)
Since all new unconfirmed bugs start in state UNCONFIRMED now and old unconfirmed bugs were moved to NEEDINFO with a explanatory comment, all bugs promoted above those bug states to NEW and later are automatically confirmed making the CONFIRMED whiteboard status redundant. Thus it will be removed.
*** Bug 46048 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Andras Timar committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
fdo#34540 convert 'soffice --help' dialog on Windows to .ui
The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/ in the next 24-48 hours. More
information about daily builds can be found at:
Affected users are encouraged to test the fix and report feedback.