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Fri, Jan 08, 2016 10:19 pm

OpenOffice personal settings are locked

After I attempted to close a table in an Apache OpenOffice Base database, the database application stopped responding. The table remained open, but I couldn't do anything in it, open any other table, etc. So I forced the program to quit using the Activity Monitor. When I tried to reopen OpenOffice after its abnormal termination, I saw the message below:

OpenOffice 4.1.1


Either another instance of OpenOffice is accessing your personal settings or your personal settings are locked.
Simultaneous access can lead to inconsistencies in your personal settings. Before continuing, you should make sure user 'jasmith1' closes OpenOffice on host 'gs371.example.com'.

Do you really want to continue?

 

I selected "No" and looked in the OpenOffice user profile for my account for a .lock file - you need to use the -a option for the ls command to see "dot something" files that would otherwise be hidden.

$ ls -al ~/Library/Application\ Support/OpenOffice/4
total 8
drwxr-xr-x   4 jasmith1  NDC\Domain Users  136 Jan  8 16:28 .
drwxr-xr-x   3 jasmith1  NDC\Domain Users  102 May 18  2015 ..
-rw-r--r--   1 jasmith1  NDC\Domain Users  143 Jan  8 16:28 .lock
drwxr-xr-x  18 jasmith1  NDC\Domain Users  612 Jan  8 20:42 user
$

Since OpenOffice wasn't closed normally, the .lock file remained. After I deleted the .lock file, I was able to open OpenOffice without the message reappearing.

$ rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/OpenOffice/4/.lock
$

When the program reopened I saw an OpenOffice Document Recovery window allowing me to recover the database I had been working on before I had to terminate the Base application.

OpenOffice Document Recovery

I clicked on the Start Recovery button and then was informed that the recovery of the database was successful.

OpenOffice Document Recovery Successful

When I clicked on Next I was able to access the database again.

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