[Fwd: [tdf-discuss] LibreOffice deployment and enterprise-wide settings]

Stephan Bergmann sbergman at redhat.com
Wed Jun 5 09:14:48 PDT 2013

>> De: eric.ficheux <bureautiquelibre at nantesmetropole.fr>
>> I'm currently working on a LibreOffice deployment for 5K users and I want to
>> give the users access to corporate document templates + a few custom tweaks
>> like keyboard shortcuts, macro security level and so on.
>> The only way we found to do it is through the registrymodifications.xcu file
>> in the user profile.
>> It is a 2 step process:
>> 1: LibreOffice is downloaded and installed to the computers (with admin
>> profile)
>> 2:  After reboot, the user profile is removed and the
>> registrymodifications.xcu file is put in place before LibreOffice is started
>> (we do this after a reboot so the current user profile is updated, we can't
>> do it at step 1 because it runs under admin profile and we can't easily find
>> the current user profile)
>> The process isn't very elegant, it looks more like a hack than industrial
>> deployment:
>> The .xcu file contains a lot of things, the only way I found to build a
>> custom one is to apply the settings "by hand" first and then find the lines
>> added in the .xcu file to build a "clean" one with only the lines required.
>> Keeping only  our settings seems OK but we lose all user configuration in
>> the process
>> It also requires a reboot which some users don't do often to avoid wasting
>> time with slow machines.
>> Is there a best way to apply a company-wide configuration that wouldn't
>> require reboot and would keep individual user settings?

The recommended way to do this is to create a LibreOffice extension 
(.oxt file, see documentation linked off 
that contains an .xcu file with all the relevant settings.  (That way, 
if you want, you can even finalize certain settings so that the users 
cannot override them---not easily from the UI at least, that is.)

There are various options how to deploy that extension (bundled, shared, 
or per user).  If you had a central installation of LibreOffice (shared 
via NFS or SMB, say), the best option would probably be to deploy it as 
a shared extension into the shared installation.  But as you describe 
that you individually install LibreOffice onto each machine, you could 
either afterwards (under the admin profile) deploy it as a shared 
extension (via "unopkg --shared", or from LibreOffice's "Tools - 
Extension Manager..."), or even fake it as a bundled extension, by 
unpacking the .oxt file into the shared/extensions directory of the 
LibreOffice installation, which might be easier to automate.

I'm not sure about the reboot part of your mail---I don't see why you 
need a reboot with the process you describe.

Feel free to come back with any further questions,

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