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Bug 67009 - Other: soffice.bin does not report errors on STDERR
Summary: Other: soffice.bin does not report errors on STDERR
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 88326
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.4.6 release
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-07-17 18:44 UTC by Travis Mann
Modified: 2015-07-31 11:32 UTC (History)
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Description Travis Mann 2013-07-17 18:44:56 UTC
Problem description: 
soffice.bin does not raise an error if it is passed an invalid input file.

Given the following command line:
soffice.bin -headless -convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export -outdir files/ I_do_not_exist.xls

LibreOffice will silently fail without providing an error.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Run the following command on the command line:
soffice.bin -headless -convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export -outdir files/ I_do_not_exist.xls

2. No errors or warnings are raised...

Current behavior:
soffice.bin silently fails with no indication that anything went wrong. No warning/error diagnostic is printed to STDOUT or STDERR, and the Windows %ERRORLEVEL% variable remains unchanged.

Expected behavior:
soffice.bin should raise a warning describing the issue (missing or inaccessible file) and exit with an error status.      
Operating System: Windows 7
Version: release
Comment 1 Owen Genat (retired) 2013-07-19 07:33:31 UTC
Setting status to NEW and Platform to All as this lack of error reporting also occurs under GNU/Linux. I have left the version as-is although it possibly goes right back to the initial version of LO. Whether this is a bug or enhancement request I am less certain of. The related AskLO thread is:


An equivalent command under GNU/Linux is:

$ soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export I_do_not_exist.xls

It is worth noting that this lack of error reporting can also occur for certain files that are not 'handled' by LO e.g., this multi-page TIFF file:


... causes LO Draw to throw an "Unknown graphic format" error (followed by a "General input/output" error). When attempting to convert to PDF using:

$ soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export multipage_tif_example.tif

... no output (file or message) is produced.
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2015-04-01 14:41:43 UTC
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Comment 3 Owen Genat (retired) 2015-04-04 08:46:39 UTC
Problem appears to have been evident during v3.4-4.3 but may now be resolved under v4.4:

$ ls a.xls
ls: cannot access a.xls: No such file or directory
$ /opt/libreoffice3.3/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice3.4/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice3.5/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice3.6/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice4.0/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice4.1/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice4.2/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice4.3/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
$ /opt/libreoffice4.4/program/soffice --headless --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export a.xls
Error: source file could not be loaded

Under v3.3 a pop-up dialog is thrown stating "a.xls does not exist".
Under v4.4 the message indicated is written to the terminal. Version set to 3.4.6 release.
Comment 4 Maxim Monastirsky 2015-07-31 11:32:28 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 88326 ***