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Problem installing LibreOffice from deb package downloaded from LibreOffice web page [closed]

asked 2014-01-11 08:41:35 +0100

jokop gravatar image

updated 2015-11-06 04:30:59 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I'm a newbie in Ubuntu and I'm using Ubuntu 13.10. This week I've removed libreoffice packages (using synaptic) from my system because I understand that an upgrade of libreoffice would fix a bug which won't let me use keyboard shortcuts while in foreign layout.

After removing all my packages containing term 'libreoffice' I've downloaded the last version of libreoffice 4.1.4, (from Libreoffice site) unzipped it with archive manager and then typed the command sudo dpkg -i *.deb in DEB folder.

the installations seems to stop in the middle without putting any icons on my unity launcher

I typed in terminal "libreoffice4.1" but it did not execute. this msg error appeared:

The application cannot be started. [context="shared"] caught unexpected > a folder could not be created

(EDIT: I think Ive solved this problem deleting libreoffice directories in .config directory: using sudo rm -r ~/.config/libreoffice* it executes now but the initial bug of shortcut keys still persists)

Below are the results of the output after entering sudo dpkg -i *.deb:

appreciate your help

Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-base.
(Reading database ... 1086109 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libobasis4.1-base (from libobasis4.1-base_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-calc.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-calc (from libobasis4.1-calc_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core01.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core01 (from libobasis4.1-core01_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core02.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core02 (from libobasis4.1-core02_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core03.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core03 (from libobasis4.1-core03_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core04.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core04 (from libobasis4.1-core04_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core05.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core05 (from libobasis4.1-core05_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core06.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core06 (from libobasis4.1-core06_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-core07.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-core07 (from libobasis4.1-core07_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-draw.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-draw (from libobasis4.1-draw_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-en-us.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-en-us (from libobasis4.1-en-us_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-en-us-base.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-en-us-base (from libobasis4.1-en-us-base_4.1.4.2-2_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libobasis4.1-en-us-calc.
Unpacking libobasis4.1-en-us-calc (from libobasis4.1-en-us-calc_4.1.4 ...
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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp
close date 2016-02-18 13:53:07.710234


Why that complicated. Did you check you are the owner of the /.config/libreoffice folder? If not change and look what happens.

DeOlleP gravatar imageDeOlleP ( 2016-06-23 11:14:59 +0100 )edit

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answered 2014-01-11 08:56:17 +0100

L-user gravatar image

updated 2014-01-11 09:46:42 +0100

Try this out:
(1) Press CTR+ALT+T to open Terminal:
(2) Remove all the LibreOffice software you have installed so far:

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*

(3) Add LibreOffice 4.1 PPA to your Ubuntu system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-1

(4) Update your software repository list:

sudo apt-get update

(5) Install LibreOffice

sudo apt-get install libreoffice

And now little bit longer post, because you are newbie and you should be properly introduced into installing software on Ubuntu without making terrible mistakes that many many users do. First of all, try to avoid installing software on Ubuntu from downloading deb files and installing them. This is general mistake from users coming e.g. from Windows environment where downloading and installing is the only option. Ubuntu has almost for every software a PPA (personal package archive).

Benefits of PPA or official repository:
a) Software is specially adjusted to run on Ubuntu and it is tested by many users.
b) When new version of software like fix e.g. from 4.1.4 to 4.1.5 comes out the fix is also specially adjusted for Ubuntu, tested for working fine and then in you system it will get automatically updated (if you update a repository or write: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade command).

Downsides of using downloaded deb package:
a) Deb package is probably not adjusted for Ubuntu specifics.
b) Deb package is probably not tested enough on Ubuntu specifics problems.
c) If new version specially fix version comes out, then you have to download new version and install it manually.

Linux deb package on LibreOffice web site is general package for all kind of Linux distribution and not specially tuned on any system - e.g LibreOffice deb package on official web page is also prepared for old systems to make sure that as much as possible of the Linux distributions to get new version. The downsides are:
a) Software is not tested on any specific Linux distribution (e.g. Ubuntu).
b) Software must be compiled for very very old processors. So not fully optimized for newer versions of processors, so working slowly on newer processors.
c) Software must remove some of the features, so running LibreOffice on Ubuntu will get without some of the features.

Install LibreOffice deb package from LibreOffice only if there is no PPA available. Also install from deb package when new fixed version comes out ... (more)

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thx L-user I followed your guidelines and now it executes (I also managed to execute libreoffice (see EDIT in original post) but I still have the initial shot-cut-key bug i had in the first place

jokop gravatar imagejokop ( 2014-01-11 09:50:11 +0100 )edit

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