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Libre office not starting in Debian Buster/Testing

asked 2019-07-31 20:51:34 +0200

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updated 2020-07-09 19:05:32 +0200

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Using Debian testing and uograded a few days ago.
jp@OSUCHSA227:~$ uname -r 4.19.0-5-amd64

Most aps are launching Ok; exceptions VLC and Libreoffice, systems tools in Cinnamon failure seems a know problem.

Repository LO would flash a banner then not open any of its components under Cinnamon or Xfce. Removed it with Synaptic along with other files connected (e.g. libboost).

Does have java jp@OSUCHSA227:~$ java -version openjdk version "11.0.4" 2019-07-16 OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.4+11-post-Debian-1) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.4+11-post-Debian-1, mixed mode, sharing) Downlaoded the most recent stable, but gdebi opened multiple windows on the group of *debs and failed.

Tried the snap of jp@OSUCHSA227:~$ libreoffice --version LibreOffice a887734edd14b7c31b8ab527c0422d03c5e16f8b Icons appear in menus. But, this shows the cycling icon, then also fails to start under Cinnamon, or Xfce from menus (no cycling just fails). Checked permissions and the ones I checked are world executable. jp@OSUCHSA227:~$ snap find libreoffice Name Version Publisher Notes Summary libreoffice canonical✓ - LibreOffice is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases projectlibre 1.9.1 jibel - Project Management software - alternative to Microsoft Project

So if even the Snap fails, what should I do ?


More information: Linux version: jp@OSUCHSA227:~$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux bullseye/sid Release: testing Codename: bullseye

jp@OSUCHSA227:~$ snap info --verbose libreoffice core name: libreoffice summary: LibreOffice is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases publisher: Canonical✓ contact: license: unset description: | LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing). commands: - libreoffice.base - libreoffice.calc - libreoffice.draw - libreoffice.filebug - libreoffice.impress - libreoffice - libreoffice.math - libreoffice.writer notes:
private: false confinement: strict devmode: false jailmode: false trymode: false enabled: true broken: false ignore-validation: false base: core18 snap-id: CpUkI0qPIIBVRsjy49adNq4D6Ra72y4v tracking: stable refresh-date: today at 08:47 CDT channels: stable: 2019-07-31 (137) 439MB - candidate: 2019-07-31 (137) 439MB - beta: ↑
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installed: (137) 439MB

name: core summary: snapd runtime environment publisher: Canonical✓ contact: license: Other Open Source description: | The core runtime environment for snapd notes:
private: false confinement: strict type: core snap-id: 99T7MUlRhtI3U0QFgl5mXXESAiSwt776 channels: stable: 16-2.39.3 2019-06-27 (7270) 92MB - candidate: 16-2.40 2019-07-17 (7396) 92MB - beta: 16-2.40 2019-07-12 (7396) 92MB - edge: 16-2.40+git1422.97ff46c 2019-07-31 (7516) 93MB -

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Comments was the source of the SNAP They say "Snaps are fast to install, easy to create, safe to run, and they update automatically and transactionally so the application is always fresh and never broken. "

Thanks for the idea of a flatpack. I will look into it; rather it work than a fresh install.

jprice1111 gravatar imagejprice1111 ( 2019-08-01 20:01:50 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-08-01 13:17:49 +0200

erAck gravatar image

Apparently you tried the snap from Canonical on Debian, I don't know if that is even supposed to work and I would not recommend. You could try the Flatpak instead, see

However, you could also install a regular .deb in parallel, see

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answered 2019-08-05 16:17:42 +0200

jprice1111 gravatar image

While the snap did not work, the LibreOffice flatpack I downloaded today from their site ( after the simple instructions for using apt to install the flatpack software, did install, be seen by the menu system after reboot, and launched properly.

I hope they get the problem in the repo install/update fixed. I have been spoiled by how well Debian testing has been smooth for years over many update/upgrades.

I do not know how to relay this experience to them. Feel free if you know, or tell me.

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