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Bug 93043 - Template files (OTT) in config directory are ignored if there is a ODT file with same name
Summary: Template files (OTT) in config directory are ignored if there is a ODT file w...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: bibisected, needsDevEval, regression
Depends on:
Blocks: Templates
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Reported: 2015-07-31 05:43 UTC by Michael Fiedler
Modified: 2020-09-15 03:59 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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template directory containing two templates for reproducing the bug (94.96 KB, application/x-zip-compressed)
2015-07-31 05:43 UTC, Michael Fiedler

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Description Michael Fiedler 2015-07-31 05:43:46 UTC
Created attachment 117552 [details]
template directory containing two templates for reproducing the bug

Steps to reproduce:

1. Go to subdirectory "4/user" the user's LibreOffice configuration directory (Linux: ~/.config/libreoffice/4/user)
2. Unzip the attached file creating the user's "template" directory containing two OTT templates and ODT documents of the same name:

    |-- Brief_Arial.odt
    |-- Brief_Latin_Modern_Roman.odt

3. Open LibreOffice and go to "My templates" in the template manager

Expected behaviour:

There are now two templates "Privatbrief Arial" and "Privatbrief Latin Modern Roman".

Actual behaviour:

There is only one template "Privatbrief Arial"


Delete or rename the ODT file corresponding to the ignored OTT file and restart LibreOffice.  Now, both templates appear in "My templates".

Note that for the other OTT template, the ODT file with the same name did not influence the appearance of the template.  I could also reproduce this with a collection of 5 files, 2 did appear, 3 did not, so it does not depend on the number of template files in the directory.
Comment 1 Michael Fiedler 2015-07-31 05:46:15 UTC
LibreOffice (from Debian Linux) is not affected.
Comment 2 Michael Fiedler 2015-08-01 10:29:12 UTC
LibreOffice from Ubuntu 14.04 is also affected.

However, here, no template is listed in the templates manager and renaming the ODT file does not help (only deleting).
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2015-08-01 16:18:32 UTC

Ubuntu 15.04 x64

Setting to:
New - confirmed;
Minor - can slow down professional quality work but will not prevent it (just don't save odt files in the template folder....but I guess this can confuse people);
Low - default

Requesting a bibisect for this as user says it's a regression.

@Michael Fiedler - thanks for the report! If you ever have some free time and want to get more involved, feel free to come say hello in our chat:
Comment 4 Matthew Francis 2015-08-17 05:25:33 UTC
I can't reproduce this using the instructions in comment 0 on any version including

(If you see no templates at all on, possibly it's not using the config directory you think it is? This can easily be checked by importing any single file with some distinguishable name as a template, then looking for it in the directory)

On current master I get an error for two of the files if I attempt to import all four as templates at once from within LO rather than just placing them directly into the templates directory. Immediately afterwards only one of the two templates is visible, but both templates do show up if I restart LO.
This is an issue, but not exactly the same as the original report.

@jmadero: Do you really see only one template? The issue reported isn't that the .odt files aren't visible, but that one of the two templates is missing altogether - if so, there's some other factor preventing this from being reliably reproduced
Comment 5 Joel Madero 2015-08-17 05:49:26 UTC
Nope the problem is as described. I can't see the template if there is a corresponding odt - as soon as I delete the odt (with no other change) the template becomes visible in the template manager.
Comment 6 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-14 05:32:34 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Joel Madero 2015-12-20 16:21:04 UTC
Looks like this was introduced around 4.1. Bibisect below:

868359ac2b3f51e2249ca85637f687499c0e1109 is the first bad commit
commit 868359ac2b3f51e2249ca85637f687499c0e1109
Author: Bjoern Michaelsen <>
Date:   Wed Oct 16 02:33:24 2013 +0000

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    Author:     Tor Lillqvist <>
    AuthorDate: Thu Jan 10 15:13:49 2013 +0200
    Commit:     Tor Lillqvist <>
    CommitDate: Thu Jan 10 15:13:49 2013 +0200
        Change-Id: If0e93181affadd7c608625c494daf6da78ba9bbc

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Comment 9 QA Administrators 2018-09-15 03:09:25 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 QA Administrators 2020-09-15 03:59:10 UTC
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