Files recovered to older versions after reboot: help needed

Dani Matielo dacamat at
Mon May 12 20:02:34 UTC 2008

Thank you very much for the help and the tips, which are already configured,
even though I wasn't able to find my file yet.

But maybe I have't explained mysefl clearly: I had saved the document just
before the crash, and then, for some reason, after rerstarting, the version
that was there was the one from two days ago. It looks like the system has
done a Recovery and turned into the way it was two days ago. Is this



On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 9:21 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:

> On 05/12/2008 11:08 AM, Dani Matielo wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I use Ubuntu and was working on a file in OpenOffice and the system
> crashed.
> > I managed to save the files I was working, and then re-started the
> system,
> > but then all the changes I have saved to the file in the last two days
> are
> > gone!
> >
> > The file is still there, but in an older version. I have searched the
> system
> > to try to find other versions, but it seems they don't exist. And I am
> 100%
> > sure that I was saving it while I was working.
> >
> > I am not an advanced user, though, mostly I try to solve the problems I
> find
> > searching foruns and pages on Internet, but I haven't find any
> information
> > about these in the last 3 hours of intense research and I have to
> deliver
> > this report tomorrow and am a little desperate.
> >
> Your work is most likely gone. The reason being is that the default
> Temporary files path is your tmp directory. When it crashed & you saved
> your work, it most likely was saved to /tmp. When you rebooted, the
> system cleared the tmp folder on start up & hence your work. You _may_
> get lucky and still find it there, but I doubt it.
> Have a look in /tmp. Also (see #1 below) check your Paths to see where
> your 'Backups' path is. You may find that the files are in
> /home/<user>/openoffice.org2/user/backup if you had #2 below set.
> This has been an ongoing problem with OOo for as long as I can remember.
> To avoid this happening in the future:
> 1. From within OOo: Tools|Options||Paths|Temporary files -
> select "Edit" and change the path to something other than /tmp. I
> generally make a folder in my ~/ directory or my
> Documents directory specifically for this very reason.
> 2. Set "Always create backup copy": Tools|Options|Load/Save|General
> Good luck.
> BTW: This will can occur with MS Office & Windows - so it's not just an
> OOo/Ubuntu thing.
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Daniela de Carvalho Matielo
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