- Where exactly are they on the various supported platforms?
This path could vary slightly for everyone who uses OpenOffice Portable, so it's not really possible to specify it by platform alone.
The universal way to find its location is to look in Tools> Options> OpenOffice.org> Paths. (In the Windows installatoin, tt's the \settings\user directory, but I don't know whether it's represented that same way on other platforms... in any case, that's where to look. "user" is, of course, the directory that must be renamed if a fresh profile needs to be generated.
huw wrote:What should be deleted to cause a rebuild with defaults? Or to backup all customisations?
I wouldn't delete anything but just rename the user folder, at least at first. OOo can then be restarted to create a fresh default version. Updating OOo pulls the "user" folder into the new version, preserving the profile settings, so if you have a renamed copy and still want to keep it, I'd move that out of its default location and put it somewhere else on the hard drive before installing. (I personally move them to a directory I use for downloads, so I would habitually know where to find it later.)
Deleting makes it much harder to get them back if you want them later. If by "customisations" you would include AutoText and such that the user set up, see the reply marked (X) below.
huw wrote:Can they be transferred to a new user login? or a new computer? or a different OS?
I don't think there's any problem with just copying that folder. It doesn't contain dictionaries, though, or the autocorrect file, so those would be copied separately (see (X)).
huw wrote:Are there any "gotchas" when restoring a backup copy? Are partial restores possible?
The only way I know to partially restore is to open the old "user" folder and manually move files to the new one, one by one. This can be tedious because if the issue is that a configuration setting was causing problems, you'd want to restart OOo after each move to make sure the file you just moved in wasn't the corrupted one.Which settings are document specific, and not actually part of the user configuration at all?
(X) If you want to preserve dictionaries, autocorrect, autotext, etc., which are things you set but that aren't stored in your user profile, save the Share folder and copy its contents into the new version. (Previous OOo versions leave behind a Share and a Program folder, but for some reason these only contain one folder each: in Share, only uno_packages is preserved and in Program, only python-core x.x... tho' I don't think everyone would have the python one. I can see the sense of preserving these, as they may contain scripts, but I don't see the sense in not preserving autotext etc., that require time to set up and can disrupt the user's work quite a bit if they're missing.)
In Windows XP, that's found in C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org x.x.
In OOo Portable, the path is ...\OpenOfficePortable\App\openoffice\share.
huw wrote:have always set up a new install to my liking from scratch rather than risk corrupting it copying the wrong files over.
The "user" settings are automatically copied over. If they weren't corrupted before the installation, they're unlikely to be corrupted after. It's safe to let OOo preserve them for you. I've never had a problem, anyway, even copying them into dev releases.