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local help installation issue [closed]

asked 2018-06-08 10:27:15 +0200

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updated 2021-05-16 12:32:39 +0200

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Trying to install on Linux Mint 18.3 with GB help file. (I prefer local help for when I'm not online - yes there are a few of us that live disconnected at times).

Don't want to use Flatpak so please, no suggestions in this direction.

I've poked and prodded a bit but I've reached the point where I don't know if I missed doing something or whether the installation dependencies are actually wrong. Any pointers gratefully received to get the help file installed properly.

Here's what I did:

  • Uninstalled the distro version of LO and purged config files.
  • Downloaded 64 bit
  • Installed using dpkg

The applications work fine, but the local help shows as not installed within the applications.

However when I go to install the 6.0-en-gb help file I get

rick@tardismint ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.0.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb_helppack_en-GB/DEBS $ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

(Reading database ... 550476 files and directories currently installed.)

Preparing to unpack libobasis6.0-en-gb-help_6.0.4.2-2_amd64.deb ...

Unpacking libobasis6.0-en-gb-help ( over ( ...

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of libobasis6.0-en-gb-help:

libobasis6.0-en-gb-help depends on libobasis6.0-en-gb (>=; however:

Package libobasis6.0-en-gb is not installed.

libobasis6.0-en-gb-help depends on libobasis6.0-en-gb (<=; however:

Package libobasis6.0-en-gb is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package libobasis6.0-en-gb-help (--install):

dependency problems - leaving unconfigured

Errors were encountered while processing:


If I try to fix using apt-get

The following packages will be REMOVED


0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 1 to remove and 26 not to upgrade.

1 not fully installed or removed.

After this operation, 25.7 MB disk space will be freed.

Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

...and while trying to remove some other stuff using autoremove showed:

DEBS $ sudo apt-get autoremove

Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

You might want to run ‘apt-get -f install’ to correct these.

The following packages have unmet dependencies.

libobasis6.0-en-gb-help : Depends: libobasis6.0-en-gb (>= but it is not installable

Depends: libobasis6.0-en-gb (<= but it is not installable

E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

Which squares with the content of the control file in the help .deb

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answered 2018-06-09 08:39:42 +0200

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You can't install versions non supported by your OS without problems and most of the times you cannot install them at all because of missing dependencies. For how to install missing dependencies (if it is overall possible, without screwing the whole system) the right place depends on your repo.

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