This is my first post to this mailing list, so I'd beg your indulgence if I'm
breaking any rules of list etiquette here.
When you invoke LibreOffice from the command line with the headless command
and try to convert a file to another format, the exit code of the command is
zero regardless of whether LibreOffice was actually able convert the file or
not. I wanted to get clarification on whether this was intentional or not. I
could see why this might make sense (LibreOffice didn't do what you wanted
to but it did open and close successfully) - but, not knowing enough about
the program I wasn't sure if this was an error or intended behavior.
I discovered this while invoking LibreOffice from within Python using
subprocess.check_call() but I've also tested it at the command line to be
The behavior I am talking about can be recreated as follows:
If you are on the command line, working in a directory with a file named
Successfully running the command:
$ libreoffice --headless --convert-to fodt test.docx
$ echo "$?"
Unsuccessfully running the command:
$ libreoffice --headless -- convert-to fodt not_an_actual_file.docx
$ echo "$?"
Thanks in advance for any input.
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