Bug 66860 - Importing templates: problem with filenames longer then 255 chars, without period, and without ott
Summary: Importing templates: problem with filenames longer then 255 chars, without pe...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) rc
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Template-Manager
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Reported: 2013-07-12 16:26 UTC by Nick Bowler
Modified: 2019-12-03 14:11 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Nick Bowler 2013-07-12 16:26:53 UTC
Attempting to import a template using the "Import" button in the dialog from
"File -> New -> Templates" behaves badly if the filename does not end in
".ott".  Libreoffice will produce no error message whatsoever, but will
actually perform a copy of the file into


and will append a period to the file name if the filename does not currently
contain a period.  Despite the apparent successful import as no error messages
were produced, the result is that the imported template does not show up in
the dialog and cannot be used.  The badly-imported template, however, *does*
show up in the dialog that opens when you say "File -> Save As Template...",
which is a bit weird...

If the imported filename was 255 characters long, and did not contain a
period, libreoffice does not even successfully copy the file and still does
not produce any error message whatsoever.

Manually enaming the file in ~/.config/libreoffice/4/user/templates to end
with ".ott" after the fact appears to correct the issue.
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2013-07-12 20:33:26 UTC
Thanks for the report Nick!
- Set to new,
- Clarify summary
- Set version to 4.0.0x - where it was first.

Kind regards
Comment 2 Nick Bowler 2013-07-12 20:55:58 UTC
Just to clarify: the 255 character case is the filename length limit of the
filesystem (really 255 bytes).

So the copy presumably fails in this case because appending a period to a
255-byte filename results in a 256-byte filename which cannot be created.
Ideally the import would still work in this case, but failing with an
appropriate error message would be OK too.  Silently doing nothing is
not cool.
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2015-04-01 14:41:50 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Buovjaga 2015-04-24 10:20:36 UTC

Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version: (x64)
Build ID: f3375fa07f27bd2ade519af3c07d69040d10eaa9
TinderBox: Win-x86_64@42, Branch:master, Time: 2015-04-22_23:38:50
Locale: fi_FI
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2016-09-20 09:32:19 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2019-12-03 14:11:14 UTC
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