Bug 47356 - Windows Installer: Check if MSO is installed before asking to associate with Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
Summary: Windows Installer: Check if MSO is installed before asking to associate with ...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Installation (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.1 release
Hardware: Other Windows (All)
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-03-15 06:45 UTC by grofaty
Modified: 2017-08-17 05:14 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description grofaty 2012-03-15 06:45:34 UTC
During installation of LibreOffice v3.5.1 there is a question about association files like Word, Excel, PowerPoint. On my computer I have never used Microsoft Office tools, so association question is dummy question. This question presumes that there is Microsoft Office already installed on the computer and that end-users are just installing LibreOffice to test this new software. This question also underestimate the LibreOffice end-user installation base.

On my computer there is LibreOffice v3.5.0 installed and Word, Excel and PowerPoint files are already associated with LibreOffice. I think installer should check if Word, Excel and PowerPoint files are already associated with LibreOffice and if they are, then skip this association question.
Comment 1 Urmas 2012-03-30 03:32:45 UTC
Libreoffice installer has no means to detect what previous version of LibreOffice did, and what it associated these types with.
Comment 2 Stefan Knorr (astron) 2012-06-22 11:44:36 UTC
In principle, I agree with grofarty, but there are a few complicating factors:

* there's a number of other applications that can open some of these file types besides MS Office (Abiword, Gnumeric, Open Office, Symphony, Corel Wordperfect, even Wordpad which is always installed...) – LibreOffice would need to check for all of these (or at least the few that have relevant marketshare

* a LibreOffice nightly/alpha/beta should probably never try to associate itself with files by default
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2015-01-05 17:51:31 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 grofaty 2015-01-06 12:43:19 UTC
The problem still exists in LibreOffice on Windows 7. But like I see it this is not very important issue and maybe downgrade Importance from "medium" to something like "low"/"lowest" and "minor" to "trivial" or something.
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2016-01-17 20:03:00 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2017-03-06 14:01:25 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Timur 2017-08-16 17:18:34 UTC
While there are grounds to the request, I'm not in favor of adding that complexity to installer. In my view this should be closed as WontFix.
Comment 8 grofaty 2017-08-17 05:14:49 UTC
I agree. Since I have opened a bug report, bug is not critical and I agree complexity may go up, I am marking it as WONTFIX.