Bug 63737 - export PDF reformats page, but does wrong pages
Summary: export PDF reformats page, but does wrong pages
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-04-19 17:47 UTC by Steve Kelem
Modified: 2015-04-01 14:51 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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sample document with large tables (40.25 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2013-10-11 15:03 UTC, David

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Description Steve Kelem 2013-04-19 17:47:27 UTC
I have a large document with a master and 20 chapters, each as separate files.
When I try to export certain pages, it gets the wrong pages.

Export PDF and Tools->Update->Page Formatting have a different idea of when the pages need to be re-formatted. Please investigate and pick one so that the same page layout occurs when either of these options is chosen!

I have tried Tools->Update->Page Formatting, which, in this case, didn't do anything. Why when I try to export PDF, the progress bar at the bottom of the window shows that it's reformatting, going over and over the same sections.
Eventually, it outputs a PDF file, but, the reformatting changes the page layout, so the pages just output are wrong.

It took running Export PDF SEVEN times before the page layout seemed stable!
I get the page numbers by using the Navigator to go to the desired pages, writing the pages down, and copying the page ranges into the Export PDF dialog.

For example, each of the following lines contain the range of pages (for the exact same content!) that I needed to export. Each time, even though Tools->Update->Page Formatting indicated that no page re-formatting needed to be done, Export PDF re-layed out the pages, and changed the page numbers to what follows.
275-290 (when I saw the pages being re-layed out, I didn't trust it, so I re-exported.)

I also have "Export automatically inserted blank pages" enabled, else the pages are REALLY off (bug #57710).

This bug is to find out why Export PDF and Tools->Update->Page Formatting have a different idea of when the pages need to be re-formatted. Is there any reason for the users to get different page layouts if these different commands are selected? It's frustrating to see the pages and their page numbers for pages to be exported, verify that no re-layout needs to be done, and then try to export those pages and have the exporter change the page numbers and then export the old page numbers!
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2013-04-20 20:43:50 UTC
We need a test document to actually see what you're talking about or reproducible steps with a smaller document.

Marking as NEEDINFO, we'll either need the document or the steps, otherwise really hard to triage the bug.

Once you get us the info (either attachments or steps to do a really simple test case) with "expected result" and "observed result" mark as UNCONFIRMED and we'll look at it.

Sorry that you're having an issue.

Also have you tried printing to file (file -> Print -> Options tab -> Print to File (check it) then print, you'll get a dialog to name the file. The output of this should be IDENTICAL to what you'd print and see on screen.
Comment 2 Steve Kelem 2013-04-26 20:18:29 UTC
Unfortunately, I've been unable to create a "clean" test document that demonstrates the problem. The one I'm working with is large and proprietary and I'm working under a deadline to get it published to the rest of the engineering team. (I spent an hour trying to create a test case, but to no avail.)

My request is for a ***code inspection***, to find out why Tools->Update->Page Formatting does something different from File->Export PDF when determining when to re-format the pages.

But when the 1st command doesn't do anything, implying that the document doesn't need to be re-formatted, Export PDF will still reformat and the pages I need to print move to new page numbers! If I execute Export PDF a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time, it will reformat EVERY time and get DIFFERENT page results each time. (I'm capitalizing because there are no italics here, and so that those important points are emphasized. I'm not caps-yelling.)
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2013-04-26 20:19:48 UTC
marking as UNCONFIRMED - going to try to get an expert to get involved here
Comment 4 Joel Madero 2013-04-26 20:20:26 UTC
@Michael - any pointers on how we can move forward with this one - seems quite bad but no test document can be provided
Comment 5 Joel Madero 2013-10-07 03:59:14 UTC
I have to put this back in NEEDINFO as without the document, really nothing we can do.

That being said I have found a workaround for others with classified documents:

do a find replace and replace letters with random other letters or phrases. Do this quite a few times and you'll provide us with a document that is unreadable but displays the problem.

Once an attachment is made mark as UNCONFIRMED and we'll go from there.
Comment 6 David 2013-10-11 15:03:18 UTC
Created attachment 87455 [details]
sample document with large tables

I attached a large document containing a lot of tables that split across several pages.  The bug is VERY irritating to me but is also very hard to make it happen consistently.  I'm not convinced that it has anything to do specifically with the PDF export function.  It seems to be more with just the page formatting function which is also called when doing a PDF export.  In testing this, I can fix the document so the tables flow perfectly from one page to the next, do a page format update and everything is still OK.  Then I close the document and re-open it and everything still looks OK. Then I do a page re-format and it messes up.  You can get the table to split properly across the pages instead of leaving big gaps just by adding rows.  Often times just pressing ctrl-z then to undo the changes is enough to keep the tables flowing properly until you re-open the document and do another page format.  On the document I attached, the split problem was showing on pages 11 and 22 (in addition to other places) the last time I opened it.  This problem occurs under Linux and Windows XP.
Comment 7 Tim Lloyd 2013-11-15 01:06:02 UTC
Same problem – different problem? I opened the doc with under F20 beta. I hit F5 and go to page 150. This takes me to page 149!!

Press Next page and, at the bottom of page 150 there are 3 footnotes all tagged “1”. Press PREV a few times (5 times) and NEXT 5 times. The footnotes are now labelled 1 and 2 as I think they should be!

Delete footnotes. Insert 2 more footnotes on page 150. Close doc. Reopen and you go directly to page 150 where there are 3 footnotes.

So the problem is in the ODT doc as Steve suggests. 

Create a blank doc and use the “Lorem Ipsum” generator to add +150 pages. Go to page 150 and add footnotes. Back to page 1. Save a close doc. Reopen and jump to page 150 – all is good. No tables included.

If Steve could advise how he created the sample doc then it might provide a clue where the problem lies.

I would categorise this as NEEDINFO - thoughts?
Comment 8 David 2013-11-28 22:58:29 UTC
The sample document I attached was simply made by creating a new document, adding a table & a heading and copying & pasting those multiple times into the document, then entering the data with footnotes into the cells.
Comment 9 David 2014-01-16 19:51:27 UTC
I strongly suspect that this bug is a duplicate of bug 72424.  Both utilize tables and complain of paging that changes.
Comment 10 Joel Madero 2014-07-10 01:37:36 UTC
Not a major bug - lowering to:

Normal: Can prevent high quality/professional work
Medium: Default seems appropriate here

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Comment 11 tommy27 2014-07-17 05:01:38 UTC
I tried exporting to PDF your big text file and I see apparently no change using LibO

is issue still valid or am I missing something?

@Steve Kelem
is your bug reproducible with latest 4.2.x release?
Comment 12 David 2014-07-18 12:48:38 UTC
It looks like there have been some things that have changed in It doesn't look like exporting to a pdf wants to recalculate the page formatting now if it's already been done.  But in checking through the document there are many times when the footnote numbering is not correct. As an example, after the page formatting is done, on page 196, on my system, the first footnote is labeled #3 and the second one is labeled #1. This document was originally created as an .odt document. It was not converted from another file type.
Comment 13 Michael Stahl (allotropia) 2014-07-18 13:55:43 UTC
please file a new bug about wrong footnote numbers, or any other problem with this document that is unrelated to formatting the wrong pages on PDF export.
(you don't need to upload the document again, providing a link to the attachment here is enough)
Comment 14 tommy27 2014-07-20 08:20:25 UTC
I set status to NEEDINFO since we are still waiting about feedback from the original reporter, Steve Kalem, if he's still reproducing his bug.

regarding the footnote issues, please David follow Micheal's advice and file a new report.
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