If you're considering upgrading to LibreOffice 3.6, my advice -- at least for the present -- is DON'T. Or if you do, proceed with caution. (Instructions below.)
In the past, upgrades have been flawless, but I do still regularly backup my Profile folder. The wisdom of doing so was proved at the weekend when I upgraded from LO version 3.5 to 3.6. It all went swimmingly as usual, but when I can to use the new version I discovered some anomalies. Gone: 40+ macros I've built up over years of using OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice. Gone: some basic settings such as Page Format (A4 went back to Letter) and Measurement Units (Millimetres went back to Inches).
A quick net search found I wasn't alone. Other problems have also been noted and this bug details the problem. It's severity will of course depend on what you've built up, but for me it was an "Oh my god, nooo!" hair-tearer. At least until I reverted back to 3.5 and restored my Profile folder. Your mileage may vary.
3.6 has some cool new features, but I shan't be using 'em till this bug's fixed!
Backing up your Profile folder
You all do this of course, right? Yeah, right! But it is important. This is where all your personal changes to the LibreOffice defaults are stored -- everything from preferred page format to macros to auto-corrections and dictionary options.
In Linux you'll typically find it in a hidden directory under in your /home folder. (Hidden directories -- those used by the system -- are prefixed by a dot (".") so they don't usually appear (and distract non-technical users) when they're listing files.
In my case the details are in:
I say "typically" because in some Linuxes you'll find the libreoffice folder tucked inside a folder called .config.
On my Lubuntu systems it's in:
All file browsers give you the option of displaying hidden files (typically under the View menu), so it's just a matter of activating that, locating the .libreoffice folder, right-clicking it and choosing Compress. (And storing the resultant backup somewhere safe, of course.)
In Windows you'll find your Profile folder here:
- Before Vista: \Documents and Setting\<user name>\Application Data\libreoffice
- From Vista: \Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\libreoffice