Bug 60909 - Out of space warning ...
Summary: Out of space warning ...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: reviewed:2022
Keywords: difficultyInteresting, easyHack, skillCpp
: 152914 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Desktop-Environment
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Reported: 2013-02-15 16:15 UTC by Michael Meeks
Modified: 2023-01-22 13:12 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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getFreeSpace source code (844 bytes, text/plain)
2017-06-15 23:46 UTC, drX
Error message when no disk space is available (31.40 KB, image/png)
2023-01-10 21:13 UTC, Hossein

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Description Michael Meeks 2013-02-15 16:15:48 UTC
LibreOffice does really rather a bad job when space starts running low, in particular without enough /tmp directory space or ~/.config/libreoffice space for the backup file, or of course space in the destination we tend to mangle the document and give a horribly unhelpful warning (if you're lucky).

So - we should really check for free space before saving with some suitable margin of error.

A good place to add a hook like that might be:

sfx2/source/doc/sfxbasemodel.cxx /impl_store/

And of course the "get free-space available on these paths" method needs to go into sal/osl/ somewhere - with a unx/ variant and so on.

I suggest we pass a vector down into there of paths and spaces we need on each path - since they could be on different devices - no point in reserving 3x the space on each device.

Ideally we should estimate what the size of our data will be - that is rather hard, initially at least ensuring there are several Mb free would prolly do the trick.

Thanks !
Comment 1 Michael Meeks 2013-02-15 16:20:25 UTC
Oh ! and ... there is another thing that is perhaps worth doing first.

Sometimes writing a document fails - and it produces a zero-byte document - we should prolly check in these cases for this condition and suggest out-of-space as a potential cause (I was caught out by this).

I guess it's worth finding / testing that on a Linux machine with a small ram-disk:

mkdir /tmp/small
sudo /bin/mount -t tmpfs -o size=20m,mode=0700,uid=$USER,gid=$GROUP /dev/shm /tmp/small

should make a 20Mb ram-disk to play with.
Comment 2 Björn Michaelsen 2013-10-04 18:48:04 UTC
adding LibreOffice developer list as CC to unresolved EasyHacks for better visibility.

see e.g. http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/minutes-of-ESC-call-td4076214.html for details
Comment 3 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2013-10-23 16:49:38 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-14 05:03:42 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-02-18 14:51:58 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 drX 2017-06-15 23:46:12 UTC
Created attachment 134056 [details]
getFreeSpace source code
Comment 7 drX 2017-06-15 23:48:22 UTC
I wrote a function that makes the control of free space for Linux systems via statvfs and I wrote the part of the function that got as a full path of  ~/.config. What is the next step?

This will be my first commit. I'm happy if you help me.

Comment 8 Michael Meeks 2017-06-19 09:35:06 UTC
Oh nice; so we need to create a new method in sal/ that allows us to detect how much free space there is available at a given path I guess; Stephan is a great guy to give a code-pointer for that and an API name recommendation (we're very careful about sal/ API changes). We'll also want no-op implementations for windows / Mac to start with too.

Then of course you'll want to use that method inside sfx2/source/doc/sfxbasemodel.cxx - search for impl_store for a good place for that - to throw up a warning dialog for low disk-space scenarios.

I'd also love to see a low priority, very idle handler every 30 seconds or so that looks at the temporary directory we store our images, stuff in to check we have enough /tmp space to function reliably - ideally checking at startup too for this. But lets get the method in sal/ sorted out first.

Thanks =)
Comment 9 Stephan Bergmann 2017-06-19 10:02:59 UTC
In include/osl/file.hxx, there's already osl::Directory::getVolumeInfo and osl::VolumeInfo::getFreeSpace.  While getVolumeInfo's ustrDirectoryURL parameter is documented as "Full qualified URL of the volume", the statfs-based implementation in sal/osl/unx/file_volume.cxx will apparently accept any path into a mounted filesystem, and the Windows implementation in sal/osl/w32/file_dirvol.cxx explicitly does some path_travel_to_volume_root, so it should work in practice to pass an arbitrary path into a "volume", not just a path to a "volume root".
Comment 10 Hossein 2023-01-10 21:13:51 UTC
Created attachment 184569 [details]
Error message when no disk space is available

Re-evaluating the EasyHack in 2022

This issue is still relevant. I ran Michael's instructions, then invoked the below command after filling the disk space. As a result, I got an error message that is provided here as an attachment. But, no warning message is shown when I have some small disk space which is < 1 MB.

$ instdir/program/soffice -env:SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gen -env:UserInstallation=file:///tmp/small /tmp/small/1.pptx

While having < 1 MB disk space, I get this warning in the terminal, but not when the space is between 1 and 2 MBs.

warn:configmgr:57868:58063:configmgr/source/components.cxx:190: error writing modifications com.sun.star.uno.RuntimeException message: "cannot write to file:///tmp/small/user/nnePqE at ~/Projects/libreoffice/core/configmgr/source/writemodfile.cxx:109"

Please note that both the profile and the opened file were inside /tmp/small.
Comment 11 raal 2023-01-22 13:12:09 UTC
*** Bug 152914 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***