Migration: Get rid of old documents

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Migration: Get rid of old documents

Postby Thessa » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:30 pm

Hello,
we want to migrate from MSo to OOo (Step 1) and from Win to Linux (Step 2).
Our users have thousands of MSO documents in private and shared folders. Accessing documents on a network-share is our problem and we want to avoid the situation, that we have a ODF and a MSO Version of the file at the same time.
We want to get rid of the MSO files as soon as possible. Batch conversion and removing the MSO files is not an option due to expected fidelity problems.

The problem:
When opening a MSO File the file is saved as MSO file again
When saving as ODF, the MSO-Version still exists. Other users might open the wrong document. MSO-Documents have to be deleted manually.

Maybe an autoopen macro is the solution, that is invoked when a document is opened, the file is saved as odf and the MSO-document is renamed.

I´m highly interested in your experience, solutions, best practice models.

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Re: Migration: Get rid of old documents

Postby acknak » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:24 pm

Would it suffice to have a script that would search for files having the same name, except for the extension, and if an older MSO file is present, move it off to a "secret" location to be backed up or deleted?

Such a script should be simple to put together and it could be run automatically on a regular basis (every hour?). It would not be perfect, but it should be a lot easier to implement than something hooked into OOo.
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Re: Migration: Get rid of old documents

Postby TheGurkha » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:18 pm

I agree with acknak. I would see this as a network house-keeping task, not something that should be integrated into to an Office suite.
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