OpenOffice is Way Too Clever

OpenOffice really is way too clever for it’s own good…

It’s latest massive fail in the “I know what you want better than you do” department is to decide that just because I already have an instance of OpenOffice running on my desktop what I really want when I type oocalc foo.ods is for it to open the document using the existing instance and, more problematically, on the same X display.

The only problem with which is that I’m now on my laptop and want this spreadsheet to appear there where I can actually edit it!

For Pete’s sake people - either launch it in a new process when the X display is different or teach it to support multiple X displays with different documents displayed on different X displays from the single process!

At the very least could you please do what Firefox does and provide a switch to force a new process to be started…

Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes
Software Engineer, Developer and system administrator for OpenStreetMap

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