Bug 99195 - FILENEW ERROR App Store LibreOffice Vanilla unable to create new database on Mac OS X
Summary: FILENEW ERROR App Store LibreOffice Vanilla unable to create new database on ...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Base (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) macOS (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-04-09 22:45 UTC by Darrell Reich
Modified: 2016-06-03 10:49 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Darrell Reich 2016-04-09 22:45:59 UTC
Fresh install from Apple Mac App Store--all software up to date
File > New database
LibreOffice Base
Error: The connection to the data source could not be established
The connection to the external data source could not be established
No SDBC driver was found of the URL 'sdbc:embedded:hsqldb'
The More button does not provide more information
A google search for the error message shows Linux users using app-get to install the missing piece(s) driver.
Please translate this to the Mac and write more user friendly error messages for this FAQ.
Great opportunity to get more users via the App Store but it should pass the File New Smoke Test before release. This fills a gap left behind by AppleWorks users and Windows Office users that have Microsoft Access.

iMac OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan with java 7 and 8 installed along with mac ports

It is unclear what LibreOffice Vanilla vs Fresh vs Still are? Sounds like the App Store version vs the latest version vs the stable build but the App Store version is greater than the other two.
Comment 1 Julien Nabet 2016-04-10 09:16:18 UTC
Fresh is more recent than Still but this last one is more stable and tested (see https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/ and https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-still

Could you try this:
- uninstall Vanilla version
- download LO package from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/
- install it
- rename LO directory profile https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/UserProfile#Mac_OS_X
- try again
About Vanilla version, I don't know.

Thorsten: thought you might be interested in this one. (BTW, your email in https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/FindTheExpert doesn't seem the good one, at least for Bugzilla)
Comment 2 Alex Thurgood 2016-06-03 10:08:28 UTC
@Darrell : forget the AppStore versions and install LibreOffice from the TDF download instead where this problem doesn't exist.

Or alternatively, try a newer release from the AppStore if one is available.
Comment 3 Alex Thurgood 2016-06-03 10:09:06 UTC
@Andras : one for you I believe ?
Comment 4 Andras Timar 2016-06-03 10:49:09 UTC
We don't bundle JRE with App Store version of LibreOffice, and it cannot use external JRE (sandbox!). HSQLDB requires Java. You cannot use HSQLDB with App Store version of LibreOffice. If you need this functionality, try official OS X builds of LibreOffice from TDF.