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libreoffice won't run on new ubuntu install

asked 2015-05-16 17:33:30 +0200

johnLIC gravatar image

updated 2015-08-22 16:57:43 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I just got a new PC with ubuntu 14.04LTS. When I try to run libreoffice I get this error:

/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I should mention that last week I installed autodesk Maya, which was a huge pain, and involved making symbolic links to some libssl and libcrypto files.

In trying to get libreoffice to run I downloaded and compiled libssl, but that just gave me this directory:


which has a couple of libcrypto.a and libssl.a files down in the lib sub-directory. What are those ".a" files?

I did sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libreoffice

or something similar the other day, trying to update libreoffice to see if it would find the .so files it needs. I had no luck.

How can I get libreoffice running?

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answered 2015-05-16 17:59:43 +0200

johnLIC gravatar image

Well, I did this, and it's working, but it doesn't seem very legit:

/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu$ sudo ln -s

Any thoughts on why this got messed up and what's a cleaner solution?

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