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    Default Abiword will not print

    openSUSE 13.2 64bit KDE

    Printing works from other editors. It will not save in PDF format either. Starting from a console results in...

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    ** (abiword:3560): WARNING **: failed to get find a colord device: The name org.freedesktop.ColorManager was not provided by any .service files
    ...which is expected since its a monochrome printer.

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Abiword will not print

    Does anyone on this forum use Abiword under 13.2 KDE? It's in the repositories.

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    Default Re: Abiword will not print

    On 2015-05-25 13:06, ionmich wrote:
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    > Does anyone on this forum use Abiword under 13.2 KDE? It's in the
    > repositories.


    I don't. I gave up on it years ago. I have tried again not long ago and
    I was very disappointed, I was unable to read word docs sent to me. I
    have to use LibreOffice.

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    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: Abiword will not print

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2015-05-25 13:06, ionmich wrote:
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    > Does anyone on this forum use Abiword under 13.2 KDE? It's in the
    > repositories.


    I don't. I gave up on it years ago. I have tried again not long ago and
    I was very disappointed, I was unable to read word docs sent to me. I
    have to use LibreOffice.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.

    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Minas Tirith))
    I have tried several different versions with the same unusable results. Why is it even in the YaST repositories? If it can't be fixed shouldn't it be removed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionmich View Post
    I have tried several different versions with the same unusable results.
    And which versions exactly?

    Why is it even in the YaST repositories? If it can't be fixed shouldn't it be removed?
    ???
    It worked fine the last time I used it (some years ago).
    I just tried it out now again (the version that comes with 13.2), and it seems to work fine here. I loaded a (simple) .doc file and successfully printed it to a PDF file (I have no printer connected at the moment).

    That is with 13.2 x86_64 KDE4 like you.

    I do have GNOME installed as well though, that might make a difference. You might miss some package that's required for it to work fully.

    Judging from the error message in your first post, I would suspect that you don't have "colord" installed, try to install that.
    Not sure if that's necessary, but if it is and is not installed automatically, you should file a bug report about the missing dependency. The GNOME maintainers (Abiword is part of GNOME Office) might not have noticed this as it is required by GNOME anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    And which versions exactly?


    ???
    It worked fine the last time I used it (some years ago).
    I just tried it out now again (the version that comes with 13.2), and it seems to work fine here. I loaded a (simple) .doc file and successfully printed it to a PDF file (I have no printer connected at the moment).

    That is with 13.2 x86_64 KDE4 like you.

    I do have GNOME installed as well though, that might make a difference. You might miss some package that's required for it to work fully.

    Judging from the error message in your first post, I would suspect that you don't have "colord" installed, try to install that.
    Not sure if that's necessary, but if it is and is not installed automatically, you should file a bug report about the missing dependency. The GNOME maintainers (Abiword is part of GNOME Office) might not have noticed this as it is required by GNOME anyway.
    I am pretty sure that if I work with Gnome I won't have a problem, but I have several boxes that only run KDE, and I like consistency. When I try to install colord I get the following...

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    The following 15 NEW packages are going to be installed:
      argyllcms colord color-filesystem icc-profiles icc-profiles-basiccolor-lstarrgb 
      icc-profiles-basiccolor-printing2009-coat2 icc-profiles-lcms-lab icc-profiles-mini 
      icc-profiles-openicc-rgb icc-profiles-scp-argyll icc-profiles-scp-fogra icc-profiles-scp-yamma 
      libcolorhug2 libgusb2 shared-color-profiles 
    
    The following 4 recommended packages were automatically selected:
      icc-profiles icc-profiles-scp-argyll icc-profiles-scp-fogra icc-profiles-scp-yamma 
    
    15 new packages to install.
    Overall download size: 4.4 MiB. Already cached: 0 B  After the operation, additional 52.9 MiB will be 
    used.
    Since I working with limited room on my netbook I am disinclined to adding this. I will try it and report the results, but I have a feeling that it will not solve the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionmich View Post
    I am pretty sure that if I work with Gnome I won't have a problem, but I have several boxes that only run KDE, and I like consistency.
    I am using KDE (only) as written. But I happen to have GNOME installed as well here on this system.

    Since I working with limited room on my netbook I am disinclined to adding this. I will try it and report the results, but I have a feeling that it will not solve the problem.
    You know, the size of those packages are in the range of a few hundreds to a few thousand bytes with colord itself having 1.5 MiB.
    Only argyllcm is a bit large, 50MiB. But this doesn't seem to be _required_. Try to use the "--no-recommends" switch to install fewer packages.

    If it does not solve the problem, you must be missing something else. It works fine here.

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    After I installed colord the error is not reported. But when the opened .doc file was modified and saved its size shrank from 24.5kb to 7.5kb. Even though it was saved as a .doc file and named as such, when opened it with Abiword or MSWord it was not, containing strange control-type characters at the beginning of each line. Since robin_listas reported similar problems in a post above I suspect it only works with Gnome.

    Thanks for the help and suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionmich View Post
    After I installed colord the error is not reported. But when the opened .doc file was modified and saved its size shrank from 24.5kb to 7.5kb. Even though it was saved as a .doc file and named as such, when opened it with Abiword or MSWord it was not, containing strange control-type characters at the beginning of each line. Since robin_listas reported similar problems in a post above I suspect it only works with Gnome.
    I thought this was about printing?

    And robin_listas only reported problems in opening existing Word files with Abiword AFAICS, not saved ones from Abiword itself.

    Well, Abiword doesn't support exporting as .doc apparently. If you choose "Microsoft Word (.doc)" in the Save As dialog, it actually saves it as RTF, but Word should be able to read that just fine.
    I just tried that, and the resulting file opened fine in Calligra Words and LibreOffice.

    How did you save it? If you just click Save, it probably gets saved in the Abiword format, so no other program can detect the format or open it correctly.
    Try "Save As" instead and choose the appropriate output format.

    Other than that, I can only suggest Calligra Words. You seem to have it installed anyway.
    I am aware of your other thread, and personally I don't think you will find anything else that will suit you.

    It should be possible to "unclutter" your screen when using calligra though. You can disable/close or rearrange all panels as you want.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 28-May-2015 at 08:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    I thought this was about printing?
    That's where it started.

    Well, Abiword doesn't support exporting as .doc apparently. If you choose "Microsoft Word (.doc)" in the Save As dialog, it actually saves it as RTF, but Word should be able to read that just fine.
    I was not aware that the .rtf format was compatible with Word. Also since the file size reduced dramatically I thought I had lost something.

    How did you save it? If you just click Save, it probably gets saved in the Abiword format, so no other program can detect the format or open it correctly. Try "Save As" instead and choose the appropriate output format.
    You have solved my problem. Thank you very much.

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