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    Abiword crashed

    Hi,

    I an having trouble with abiiword (2.9.2) in Lubuntu 12.04

    On pasting into a document abiword crashed and now the file and a previous version will not open. I get the following messages for the original and saved documents:

    AbiWord cannot open file:///media/OS/Users/Andrew/Jobs/To%20Be%20Submitted/NUH_1/PS%20Change%20Officer%20band%205%20-%20September2011.abw. It appears to be an invalid document.

    AbiWord cannot open file:///media/OS/Users/Andrew/Jobs/To%20Be%20Submitted/NUH_1/PS%20Change%20Officer%20band%205%20-%20September2011.abw.saved. It appears to be an invalid document.

    Is there anotherlight word processor that I can use?

    Thanks

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    Re: Abiword crashed

    i'm afraid your files have become corrupted. at any rate, you saved them as .abw, which is abiword native format. i dont know any other program that handles that format

    you could try to open the file in Gedit or similar simple text editor to see if you can copy the text out of it, in case you wrote a lot that needs to be saved.

    ------------

    if you look in Software Center, and search for "word processor" you get a list of programs. some are extremely lightweight, like Focuswriter, and only meant for producing raw text with as little distraction as possible.
    others like Calligra Words and Libreffice Writer (which you can install without the rest of libreoffice programs like impress or draw, to save space) are used for more graphic work.
    i have no experience with Calligra, but Libreoffice Writer has a wide support of different formats. -just no .abw, sadly
    Last edited by Yougo; December 26th, 2012 at 01:44 PM. Reason: added advice
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    Re: Abiword crashed

    There is a problem with Abiword in 12.04. A development version of abiword was mistakenly included in 12.04 instead of the stable version. This isn't the kind of program you want to use on files you actually care about as it is unstable and full of bugs. Bug reports have been filed about the use of the wrong version and I understand there is an attempt being made to get the version rolled back to the stable one. Because 12.04 is LTS however it isn't easy to get the version changed.

    My advice is to not use Abiword at all until the problem is fixed. Swich to libreoffice. If you MUST have abiword you should investigate manually installing the stable version.
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    Re: Abiword crashed

    They shipped a totally borked version of abiword in 12.04:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2004848

    It's much better in 12.10 but if you wish to keep using 12.04 you can use the packages from this PPA:

    https://launchpad.net/~mrpouit/+arch...filter=precise

    Just run:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mrpouit/ppa
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install abiword
    Note: there is also an update in there that effects xfce4 pulse audio but it won't break anything

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    Re: Abiword crashed

    ^or there's that

    upgrade, and see of the newer abiword can recover the files. in any case it has less chance of hapening again.
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    Re: Abiword crashed

    Quote Originally Posted by kansasnoob View Post
    They shipped a totally borked version of abiword in 12.04:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2004848

    It's much better in 12.10 but if you wish to keep using 12.04 you can use the packages from this PPA:

    https://launchpad.net/~mrpouit/+arch...filter=precise

    Just run:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mrpouit/ppa
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install abiword
    Note: there is also an update in there that effects xfce4 pulse audio but it won't break anything
    Thanks for responding.

    I can't see a previous version of abiword in the link!

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    Re: Abiword crashed

    Quote Originally Posted by Yougo View Post
    i'm afraid your files have become corrupted. at any rate, you saved them as .abw, which is abiword native format. i dont know any other program that handles that format

    you could try to open the file in Gedit or similar simple text editor to see if you can copy the text out of it, in case you wrote a lot that needs to be saved.

    ------------

    if you look in Software Center, and search for "word processor" you get a list of programs. some are extremely lightweight, like Focuswriter, and only meant for producing raw text with as little distraction as possible.
    others like Calligra Words and Libreffice Writer (which you can install without the rest of libreoffice programs like impress or draw, to save space) are used for more graphic work.
    i have no experience with Calligra, but Libreoffice Writer has a wide support of different formats. -just no .abw, sadly
    Thanks for responding.

    Is LibreOffice Writer light on memory resources. I have 512MB of RAM

    I will need to use .doc formats

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    Re: Abiword crashed

    I'm not sure how well libreoffice behaves with that amount of RAM. One way to find out is to try.
    To install just Writer, use the following command:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice-writer
    If you decide it's not for you, use this command:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge libreoffice-*
    Libreoffice Writer has full (though sometimes a bit quirky, if you use some exotic features) support for .doc files. I haven't had any major problems yet.
    It has a bit shaky but improving support for .docx
    It's native format is the open standard of .odt, which can also be read by newer versions of ms office.
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    Re: Abiword crashed

    Quote Originally Posted by Yougo View Post
    I'm not sure how well libreoffice behaves with that amount of RAM. One way to find out is to try.
    To install just Writer, use the following command:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice-writer
    If you decide it's not for you, use this command:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge libreoffice-*
    Libreoffice Writer has full (though sometimes a bit quirky, if you use some exotic features) support for .doc files. I haven't had any major problems yet.
    It has a bit shaky but improving support for .docx
    It's native format is the open standard of .odt, which can also be read by newer versions of ms office.
    Thank you.

    Will LibreOffice have any effect on abiword that I have installed?

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    Re: Abiword crashed

    Quote Originally Posted by anon_private View Post
    Thanks for responding.

    Is LibreOffice Writer light on memory resources. I have 512MB of RAM

    I will need to use .doc formats
    LibreOffice writer should run on 512 MB. RAM, I've installed LO-writer in Lubuntu on a 512 MB. PIII machine. I removed Abiword and installed LO-writer only, not the full office suite. It seems okay but I've only done light usage. IME LO-writer opens docx files pretty well. Others with more experience say that saving docx files in LO-writer then opening in MS Office is unreliable, especially with heavy graphics or formatting.

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