Bug 37607 - FILESAVE Bullets are not converted to asterisk saving to plain text
Summary: FILESAVE Bullets are not converted to asterisk saving to plain text
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.3.2 release
Hardware: All All
: low minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Save-Text
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Reported: 2011-05-25 16:25 UTC by Christopher M. Penalver
Modified: 2019-09-11 09:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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example.odt (9.32 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2011-05-25 16:25 UTC, Christopher M. Penalver

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Description Christopher M. Penalver 2011-05-25 16:25:25 UTC
Created attachment 47165 [details]

Downstream bug may be found at:

OOo bug may be found at:

1) lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 11.04
Release: 11.04

2) apt-cache policy libreoffice-calc
  Installed: 1:3.3.2-1ubuntu5
  Candidate: 1:3.3.2-1ubuntu5
  Version table:
 *** 1:3.3.2-1ubuntu5 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:3.3.2-1ubuntu4 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/main i386 Packages

apt-cache policy unoconv
  Installed: 0.3-6
  Candidate: 0.3-6
  Version table:
 *** 0.3-6 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/universe i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

3) What is expected to happen in LibreOffice Writer via the Terminal:

cd ~/Desktop && wget https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openoffice.org/+bug/38211/+attachment/2142831/+files/example.odt && unoconv --listener && unoconv -f txt example.odt && lowriter -nologo example.txt example.odt

the bullets in example.odt are converted to asterisks in the example.txt file, as Word does it if converted from .doc to .txt.

4) What happens instead is the bullets are removed but not replaced with asterisks. The file was created opening a blank document then entering the following 3 lines:
list item one
list item two
list item three

Highlight the three lines and click the "Bullets" button on the toolbar to make the list bulleted. Save as .odt file.
Comment 1 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-05-25 22:24:05 UTC
[Reproducible] with "LibreOffice 3.4.0RC1  – WIN7  Home Premium  (64bit) German UI [OOO340m1 (Build:11)]".

I never have seen such a bullet to asterisks conversion in LibO or OOo, OOo1.1.4. 3.4, 3.4-dev also ignore bullets during 'Save as .txt'.

The current behavior is unexpected and unsatisfying, numbered lists will be converted, so I believe it should be not too difficult to find a solution for lists with bullets. 

Currently we have in 'Tools > AutoCorrect Options  > Options ' "Apply numbering - symbol: *" + "Replace bullets with: *.

I believe it never can be wrong to save bullets as "*" or "-" for text documents.
Sounds like an enhancement, but IMHO the difference to the numbering export handling makes it a bug.
Comment 2 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 12:03:48 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Christopher M. Penalver 2012-01-17 06:41:22 UTC
Reproducible in:
lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu precise (development branch)
Release: 12.04

apt-cache policy libreoffice-impress
  Installed: 1:3.5.0~beta2-2ubuntu3
  Candidate: 1:3.5.0~beta2-2ubuntu3
  Version table:
 *** 1:3.5.0~beta2-2ubuntu3 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
Comment 4 Matthew B 2012-05-13 15:50:52 UTC
Has this bug been fixed?
Comment 5 retired 2014-08-16 10:33:05 UTC
Nope, still happening with 4.3.1RC1 OSX 10.9.4. Save as... Plain Text > bullet points are not converted to asterisk, but are gone without notice.

Should not happen.
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2015-09-04 02:48:41 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Buovjaga 2015-11-19 12:24:35 UTC
Still repro.

Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version:
Build ID: 66d2b72667792cb18b25805387824d636e2a455c
TinderBox: Win-x86@39, Branch:master, Time: 2015-11-18_02:35:53
Locale: fi-FI (fi_FI)
Comment 8 QA Administrators 2017-01-03 19:36:57 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 Timur 2019-09-11 09:44:21 UTC
If I understand this bug, simple Save as TXT used to discard bullets. Confirmed with 5.1.0.
Now with LO 6.4+ (not tested before) bullets are saved as bullets.
So I'll close as WFM.