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AutoSave v AutoRecovery

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:02 pm
by White Phoenix
And this is the reason AutoSaving is superior to AutoRecovery. If my spreadsheet had been AutoSaved I could just go to the file, change the extension from BAK to ODS and open it from the place it was last saved. As it is, I saved it since the last AutoRecover scan and OpenOffice insists on recovering the file. If I want to not recover, it opens a dummy text file and tries to recover that. I cannot even open any file directly. So now I have to fix AOO before I can continue working on any file.

OK. I got lucky and was able to get into my file after a few attempts, but not because of AutoRecovery.

This is the message I get when the dummy file opens:
Can not activate the factory for com.surrey.SimpleTextRecognizer because java.lang.ClassCastException: cannot be cast to

Re: AutoSave v AutoRecovery

PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:57 am
by kingfisher
I disable 'auto-recovery'. If you use automatic backups, you may want to check the backups sub-folder occasionally because, IIRC, backups stay there forever.

Re: AutoSave v AutoRecovery

PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:20 pm
by White Phoenix
Once the backup files aren't needed they get deleted. I forgot about the backups in the AOO sub-folder of the profile. Currently, AOO only backs up the file when it first opens. I had saved my file several times since then.

I have never seen a way to disable AutoRecovery. If I had, I would have done so.

Re: AutoSave v AutoRecovery

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:12 pm
by Hagar Delest
I resurrect this topic because it's a very common mistake (or expectation).

The AutoRecovery can be disabled in Tools > Options > Load/Save > General and uncheck Save AutoRecovery information every xx minutes.
Note that even when deactivated, in case of crash, AOO will try to save the recovery data nevertheless.

If you want a real AutoSave feature, use this extension: Time stamped backup.