[Solved] Linux crashed by Calc

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[Solved] Linux crashed by Calc

Postby Horse » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:20 pm

I should probably upgrade the OpenOffice I have on my SUSE Linux system, but I want to be sure the upgrade will fix the one major problem I have. Can you tell me if the problem of Linux system crashing when coming out of sleep/hibernation has been addressed?
Specific symptoms: Usually when a spreadsheet is open, when my laptop hibernates, it will not awaken. Sometimes I get the splash box asking for a password, but it is blank and accepts no input so far as I can tell. Sometimes, the system doesn't even get that far before it freezes.
It does seem to be becoming more common. At first the crash only seemed to happen if a spreadsheet was unsaved when I left my laptop. Now it will happen even if all docs are saved. I have never encountered a similar problem with Writer and don't use the other apps very much.

System Specs: OpenOffice 3.3.0 Build 9567
SUSE 11 (not sure how to check this or get details) using Gnome
Running on a Lenovo T61 ThinkPad
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Re: Linux crashed by calc

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:44 pm

Well, difficult to know. I don't remember many topics about such problem. Just try and you'll see. Better use the official packages from the official AOO website BTW. Personally I find this method more robust than the packages delivered by the distros by default.

Under Windows I've never experienced such problem. Under Linux I don't hibernate at all so can't say.
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Re: Linux crashed by calc

Postby acknak » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:07 pm

What suggests that the problem is due to OOo, and not a problem with the system/hardware?

My bet would be the system: I've seen plenty of reports of problems with Linux & laptop power management/hibernation.
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Re: Linux crashed by calc

Postby RGB » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:08 pm

A bit off topic, but openSUSE 11.2 is on "end of life" since a couple of years now, so unless you use "evergreen" repos (and even if you use evergreen repos) you definitively need an upgrade.

As a long time SUSE/openSUSE user (since 7.0 times) I must say that the heavily patched OOo/LibO versions distributed by them is ALWAYS troublesome: an official build, either of AOO or LibO will be far more stable.

I do not use hibernate option (my 5 years old laptop starts on less than 50 seconds, so I do not need it), so I cannot say anything about that problem.
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Re: Linux crashed by calc

Postby peterroots » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:15 pm

Personally I would be careful about using hibernate on Linux (see http://www.howtogeek.com/113923/how-to- ... ntu-12.04/ for example and also http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get- ... ation.html). I would never hibernate a machine with unsaved files either on Linux or Windows. I never hibernate my computer because of problems I have had the in the past and the posts I keep seeing of problems with it.
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Re: Linux crashed by calc

Postby RoryOF » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:16 am

I suspend my Linux (Ubuntu/lunbuntu)machines, but never leave OpenOffice open during a suspend (there were reports of corrupt files when OpenOffice was open during suspend or hibernation).
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Re: Linux crashed by calc

Postby Horse » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:12 am

Thank everyone for their suggestions. Except for realizing I need to update my system and AOO, I'm about where I was before.
I do suspect that the crashes are due to some interaction between my laptop hardware and SUSE 11. The rub was that they only occur when calc is running when hibernation occurs.
Again, thank you everyone for your help. I hope you have a nice holiday season and a happy new year. I will mark the subject solved so others don't worry about explaining more.
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