Bug 95893 - Automatic update check entangled with manual update check feature
Summary: Automatic update check entangled with manual update check feature
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Updates
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Reported: 2015-11-17 23:27 UTC by mipisejili
Modified: 2021-07-15 12:22 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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sample_LO_configuration_extension.oxt (8.62 KB, application/vnd.openofficeorg.extension)
2021-07-15 12:22 UTC, Justin L

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Description mipisejili 2015-11-17 23:27:53 UTC
This is an enhancement request:


During installation, in Custom Setup, there is a feature listed called "Online Update" which is described as "Get automatically notified when a new update of LibreOffice becomes available."

Some users such as myself do not want software to automatically call home all the time (or when you run it, or at whatever frequency the program is going to do it, which based on the above description is unknown to the user) to check for updates.

But they *do* want the ability to manually check for updates.

The problem is, during installation, the only apparent way to prevent Libre Office from automatically checking for updates is to Not install the "Online Update" feature. But, when you do that, the program not only removes the automatic update feature, it also removes the manual check feature.

If you use typical install or choose to install the "Online Update" feature during a custom install, then yes, you can go into Tools, Options, Libre Office, Online Update, and turn off automatic updates, and you will still be able to manually check for updates by going to Help, Check for Updates.

But the user does not know that during the install, and in this case they will never know it because by not installing the Online Update feature, those two menu sections won't be available.


In the installer, change "Online Update" feature to "Automatic Update". Then, have it so that even if the user does not install that feature, Manual update checks will *always* be available in the Help, Check for Updates menu - there's no reason to ever not have that feature since it is manual.


Just change the Feature Description in the installer to say something like "Automatic and/or Manual checking for new versions of Libre Office (automatic updates can still be disabled even if you install this feature)"
Comment 1 Buovjaga 2015-11-18 09:16:16 UTC
Well, I'll set to NEW, although I don't know, how the completion of this would change things: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/GSoC/Ideas#Reuse_Mozilla.27s_rolling_update_mechanism_for_LibreOffice
Comment 2 QA Administrators 2017-01-03 19:37:04 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2020-02-21 02:50:22 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete, spam)
Comment 4 Justin L 2021-07-15 12:14:44 UTC
Closing as WONTFIX since
-no duplicates, and no interest at all expressed in the topic.
-no devs have commented at all.
-it has been almost 6 years since the report.

LibreOffice versions only have updates for 6 months. A smart user will wait for LibreOffice Still anyway - which only gets updates for 3 months. So there is very little value in "manually checking for updates". Plus, LibreOffice's release cycle is VERY predictable, and so this can easily be managed manually by going to the website.
Comment 5 Justin L 2021-07-15 12:22:02 UTC
Created attachment 173595 [details]

Among other things, this extension turns off checking for updates. So that is useful way to do it for system administrators.  See https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Extension_Development for more information on configuration extensions.