Bug 87013 - LO performance when network drive is mounted over slow link
Summary: LO performance when network drive is mounted over slow link
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: high normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 94219 95455 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Network
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Reported: 2014-12-04 20:06 UTC by Florian Bruckner
Modified: 2021-11-10 14:43 UTC (History)
12 users (show)

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Description Florian Bruckner 2014-12-04 20:06:18 UTC
I've been hit by this for quite some time now - I cannot recall if this was introduced with LO4 or if this has been the case in earlier releases as well.

The situation is this: On my Mac, when I have a network drive mounted through a slow VPN connection, LO Writer (but possibly others as well) hangs for an amount of time depending on the network speed upon simple user interactions, like adding a line break into a document. This can be reproduced even if that document being edited is not saved yet - so basically there is nothing that should cause LO to access the network drive.

Nevertheless it does - the problem just disappears when the network drive is unmounted. 

Looking at some I/O-Profiling I did I can see that LO attempts to access a huge number of files on the network drive that I had open in the past.

Seeing all those reads it is quite obvious that this will be slow. 

The question is - what does it try to do on the network drive? Neither of those documents is opened currently. And why does it do this upon simple user interactions.

I could see this activity on my Mac with the Instruments/File Activity tool. Unfortunately the trace contains some confidential information, so I cannot share it. But I believe it would be reproducible easily.
Comment 1 Julien Nabet 2014-12-04 20:23:45 UTC
Would it be possible you give the complete url of some files so it could shed some lights on the problem?
Indeed, I suppose that not all the files are confidential, above all just their file name!
Comment 2 Florian Bruckner 2014-12-04 20:32:20 UTC
Of course, for example


This is a file I had open last week.


Another file I had open some time this week. /Volumes/work is the mount point of the network share.

If needed I can provide more file names,I just cannot attach the full dump.
Comment 3 Florian Bruckner 2014-12-04 21:03:19 UTC
In this tool (Instruments/Files on osx) I just see file/dir operations. And all I see there is paths, no URLs.

If you tell me how to capture what you are looking for I am more than happy to provide this.
Comment 4 Urmas 2014-12-04 21:06:40 UTC
If you clear your recent document list, does it work faster?
Comment 5 Florian Bruckner 2014-12-04 21:57:29 UTC
Clearing the history resolves the problem until a document from that network share is opened. Then I again see a lag when doing simple operations in another document that is not yet saved. Though not nearly as bad as it was initially when the recent documents list was full of documents from that share (which happens to be the main share I store documents on).

So it seems that it is actually the recent document list that is causing the problem.
Comment 6 Urmas 2014-12-12 02:12:48 UTC
In Windows, I don't detect any file activity on the members of the recent document list while I am editing the document.
Comment 7 Alex Thurgood 2014-12-15 10:27:53 UTC
This is virtually impossible to test reproduce for most people.
I have remote AFS mounts, but they are on the same LAN, and I've not noted any particular slowdown, granted this is not the same setup as that described.
Comment 8 Florian Bruckner 2014-12-15 12:08:49 UTC
You can simulate a slow network with the "Network Link Conditioner" that is part of Xcode:


This might help to reproduce the issue.
Comment 9 nicklasb 2015-01-23 08:46:29 UTC
I have also been hit by this.
A theory I saw is that Libreoffice periodically does a QUERY_PATH_INFO through SMB requests.

Link to the ask.libreoffice.org question:
Comment 10 nicklasb 2015-01-23 09:00:25 UTC
Have tried some more now, and in my case it is completely related.

If I clear my history and reopens the document from the share(therefore having only one item in the recent list), the periodical freezing is very short, perhaps a second or two.

But if I then clear the list completely, all freezing goes away and LO becomes as responsive as one would expect. And this while editing a document I have on the network share(so *that's* not related). 

So I would agree with previous reporters that this is related to the recent-list.
Comment 11 nicklasb 2015-01-25 20:37:01 UTC
Oh, and perhaps a point to people trying to reproduce the bug.
To really notice the problem, the list of recent items should contain a few items.

If you have a slow network(wireless, perhaps) connection then, LO becomes completely unworkable. It is almost constantly frozen and responds only each 20-30 seconds, then it freezes again.
Comment 12 Alex Thurgood 2015-02-12 08:22:04 UTC
(In reply to nicklasb from comment #11)
> If you have a slow network(wireless, perhaps) connection then, LO becomes
> completely unworkable. It is almost constantly frozen and responds only each
> 20-30 seconds, then it freezes again.

By any chance, if you monitor the processes running when the problem occurs, do you see a tccd process consuming disproportionate amounts of processor time ?

Comment 13 Dr4K4n 2015-05-15 10:17:47 UTC
I'm also affected by this problem:
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS completely up-to-date with dist-upgrade
Libreoffice (40m0 Build:2) from ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-4

We use davfs2 to mount an owncloud share. Unmounting the share fixes the problem. Also removing the "Recent Documents" from the toolbar temporarily fixes the problem
Comment 14 c_norman 2015-07-23 20:18:05 UTC
Somewhat along the same lines, I'm always dealing with the fact that libreoffice hangs completely if a mounted but now inaccessible fs is present. I have a GSA account at work, and if I am not online or not VPN'd in, libreoffice hangs completely, and indefinitely (so I can't clear recents, etc.).

gedit also hangs in this situation, so this might be an issue outside of libreoffice's control. But if there's any way to handle inaccessible fs's, I'm for it.
Comment 15 Alex Thurgood 2015-09-15 11:40:18 UTC
*** Bug 94219 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 16 Daniel 2015-09-17 13:28:17 UTC
I can confirm this bug for a Ubuntu 15.04 system with LO I have observed the exact same behaviour for quite a long time now, but do not either remember the exact LO version when it became annoying. Also here, emptying the list of recent documents returns LO to a usable state.
Is there any workaround possible by setting the length of that list to 0? I can't find such a setting in the settings dialog.
Comment 17 Julien Nabet 2015-09-17 13:41:49 UTC
Stephan: may your patch http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/?id=93a0696e74e96e5a5ca821f33cb791b87e876f49 help here or I'm misleaded and it's not at all related?
Comment 18 Stephan Bergmann 2015-09-18 07:50:37 UTC
(In reply to Julien Nabet from comment #17)
> Stephan: may your patch
> http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/
> ?id=93a0696e74e96e5a5ca821f33cb791b87e876f49 help here or I'm misleaded and
> it's not at all related?

unrelated; this issue's original description is about Mac OS X; my patch is only relevant for Linux builds of LO with --enable-gio
Comment 19 Alex Thurgood 2015-11-02 10:29:56 UTC
*** Bug 95455 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 20 Saren Tasciyan 2015-12-16 23:21:52 UTC
I can confirm the same issue in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with LO
LO accesses files in the background. It freezes if system loses access to the share (lack of VPN connection, which is necessary for the access).
Shares are mounted as such:

fsshare itself is on the network and is mounted in the root dir.
Comment 21 Saren Tasciyan 2015-12-16 23:24:38 UTC
I forgot to tell that I saw the file access through fatrace \ grep soffice.bin

However, fatrace did not show any file access on the network (even though I specifically tried it with other applications). So it has something to do with the accessibility to the share folders (re-establishing VPN rescues freezing of LO) but fatrace is unable to see such IO.
Comment 22 Buovjaga 2015-12-22 15:25:02 UTC
Same as or different from bug 81640?
Comment 23 Saren Tasciyan 2015-12-30 16:47:36 UTC
In my case different from bug 81640, because lags also occur, while user is working on local files only.
Comment 24 Saren Tasciyan 2016-03-08 09:54:44 UTC
I want to make a correction, I mentioned earlier that I do not see any file access on the network. strace, however, showed access to network files, which are present in the resent document list. There is no obvious reason for LibreOffice to access those documents. That seems to be the main problem. I don't think solving this issue can be that hard. LO needs to access those files, only when user wants to access them.
Comment 25 Saren Tasciyan 2016-03-20 14:16:17 UTC
I wonder, if anyone will pick this up? This actually affects everyone, who has files on network drives, which they access occasionally. For instance, many businesses, research institutes etc. have network drives, which people people access and work on their files. Then they lose access to those (e.g. come home) and LibreOffice is not working/hanging/freezing. This is very frustrating and from a programmer's perspective easy to solve. I don't program in C++ efficiently yet and LibreOffice code is not something I am familiar with. But I really don't get, why it tries to access files in the recent documents list, even though user doesn't want to open them. It is also clear that this is the problem. strace shows enormous amount of access to these files, which even seems to increase over time.
Comment 26 Jamie 2016-03-20 14:56:32 UTC
I have started using OpenOffice which doesn’t have the startup screen and therefore doesn’t suffer when network drives aren’t available.
Comment 27 Julien Nabet 2016-03-20 18:44:33 UTC
Giuseppe: even if it's related to Recent docs part, thought you might be interested in this one since it concerns files from remote access.
Comment 28 Saren Tasciyan 2016-04-12 21:05:52 UTC
Jamie: I tried to install OpenOffice, but it tried to replace soffice.bin and possibly breaking LibreOffice. At this point I am starting to give up.
Comment 29 Giuseppe Castagno (aka beppec56) 2016-08-23 13:08:57 UTC
Can someone test this bug with a recent daily master?

daily builds available at <http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/>.
More information about daily builds use can be found at:

Parallel installation for Mac users:
Comment 30 QA Administrators 2018-10-28 03:57:53 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 31 QA Administrators 2020-10-28 04:42:40 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 32 Tino Hendricks 2020-12-16 16:25:18 UTC
I just downloaded the latest beta - and this is still not fixed. 

We are experiencing this over a 100MBit VPN, recent documents list cleared.

It happens via SMB and AFP.