2011 note: As a result of a fork, OpenOffice.org has now, in effect, become 'LibreOffice', developed by the Document Foundation.
Subject: [plug] OpenOffice 1.0 fix
Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 19:34:21 +0800
Re: OpenOffice 1.0 file sharing "bug"
OpenOffice has file locking disabled by default. Thus, for systems that share documents, a race condition re: file sharing is possible (e.g.. 2 users opening and editing the same file at the same time).
The fix: edit the openoffice startup file (the soffice script) and enable the following lines
ensure that you have a lockd daemon running on your system (though it would still prompt a dialog box with a "General Input/output error" as OO doesn't hold a permanent lock on the file.)
Paolo Alexis Falcone