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LibreOffice / OpenOffice Base Slow

Made my initial setup for a basic database using LibreOffice Base, on my old workstation with OpenOffice 2.4 it works fast, then brought it home to continue the design, using my better specs laptop with LibreOffice 3.3.1. Tried to run it if it works fine, to find out the form open very slow and even navigating records.

Tried to remove LibreOffice and restore the normal OpenOffice 3.2 package from Ubuntu 10.10, still got the same problem. Then tried to add up some memory for the graphic cache in the OpenOffice option. (Tools -> Options –> LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org -> Memory). Hoping everything will work fine then but still a failure.

Lastly I tried to change the java settings, tried it on both openjdk-6-jre and sun-java6-jre (1.6.24), still not working in good performance. Nearly giving up, lastly I tried to use lower version of java runtime.

Here’s how:

1. Download the java-sun-jre-1.6.21 from http://java.sun.com/products/archive/j2se/6u21/index.html

2. Move the file to your $HOME/bin and make it executable

$> mv jre-6u21-linux-i586.bin
$> chmod a+x jre-6u21-linux-i586.bin
$> ./jre-6u21-linux-i586.bin

4. After extracting the files, configure your LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org to use the older java runtime (Tools -> Options –> LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org –> Java). Add the path from where the extracted files currently located.

5. Restart your LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org and verify if your database now runs smoothly.

6. Done.


22 responses to “LibreOffice / OpenOffice Base Slow

  1. Richard April 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    OO3.2 base is slow for me, so I thought I’d give this a try. Steps 1 & 2 OK (though I had to make the $HOME/bin folder). Extraction OK – it makes a folder $HOME/bin/jre1.6.0_21 and puts lots of things in it. It’s ownership is mine, not root’s.

    But when I try to add the path (step 4) it claims that this folder does not contain a jre. (I tried pointing it to bin and to jre with the same result. Can you shed any light on this?

  2. hardc0l2e April 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Have you properly pointed it in your /home/username/bin/jre1.6.0_21 ? Using the ADD button?

  3. Lasse Vinther Tyron April 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Thank You for posting this.

    But, still very, very slow…
    LibreOffice 3.3.2 and now using JAVA 1.6.0_21.

    -Lasse (Denmark).

  4. Lasse Vinther Tyron April 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

    OK, restarting PC (Ubuntu 11.04) helped!
    Now LibreOffice Base is lightning fast!

    Thank You!

    -Lasse (Denmark).

  5. Duncan M April 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Many thanks!

    Finally it’s running much faster.

    Really this kind of thing shouldn’t happen on a base install of ubuntu 10.04 (no pun intended).


  6. piltdown May 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    At last OO base speed back to normal!!

    This issue has been plaguing me for months.

    Thanks very much.

  7. Eduardo Cavalieri May 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you! You have no idea how important was this solution for me.

  8. Klaus (Germany) May 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  9. G.G. June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Thx for your solution. I’m using Debian Squeeze and this works for me!

  10. Martin June 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Had this problem too, Ubuntu 11.04, LibreOffice 3.3.2 – ‘was getting unworkable, extremely long “dead” times after each (auto- and manual) save, especially, but not exclusively after a suspend…

    Switching to the GIJ runtime (package gij-jre, currently version “4:4.5.2-1ubuntu3” in Synaptic) seems to have fixed the problem.

    • Marc July 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      As LibreOffice refused to ‘see’ any java runtime environment in the newly created folder, I used the GIJ runtime solution and it works better indeed.
      Apparently the bug should be released with version 25 of jre…

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  12. Sven July 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks!!! The 6_21-version was the solution! I had tried the 22, 24, 26-Version, all without success!

    Thank you very much, Sven

  13. Marvin KPD November 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Thank you! It really helps.

  14. Ron December 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I also tried 20 and 26 to no avail. 21 did the trick. I can’t believe how much time I have wasted over several months of enduring this problem.

  15. Oliver December 24, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Thanks. Worked for me. But as a unconvincing surprise I had to register at Oracle website to download required version of jre. Great thanks.

    • Cesc February 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Hi Oliver, where exactly on the Oracle site did you find the older versions ? I cannot seem to find them…being rerouted all the time. Thanks a bunch !

  16. Frank February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the many helpful hints collected here. I’ve found out that LO 3.5 (right now RC3 is available) plus Java 1.7.0_02 is not affected by the “slowliness bug”. LO and Java are both x64 packages, of course.

  17. Don February 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    for x64 ubuntu 11.04 libre 3.3.4
    extract first
    chmod a+x jre-6u21-linux-x64.bin

    sudo mv jre1.6.0_21 /usr/lib/jvm
    thanks heaps for the help

  18. Paulino March 9, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Thanks a lot. Worked perfectly for me.

  19. Doug T April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Downloaded libreoffice 3.5.2. MUCH improved speed. This thread saved a lot of time. Thanks!

  20. Suhas November 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks a lot – worked for me

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