Broken LibreOffice Installation on Ubuntu 20.04

can someone help with this:

cannot copy extracted data for ‘./usr/lib/libreoffice/program/’ to ‘/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/’
I am using Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS it has broken my update software

[Edit Opaque] Changed title to describve what the question is really about.

Which repository do you use? Base Ubuntu repos, PPA or TDF packages?

the Base repo I think its the package manager bundle with


I’d suggest to perform the following (using a terminal program)

Complete Deinstallation

  • dpkg --list | awk '/ii/&&/libreoffice/{print $2}' | sudo xargs apt --yes purge
  • sudo apt --yes autoremove
  • sudo rm -r /usr/lib/libreoffice/* (seems to be important in your case)

New Installation (if using Ubuntu Base Repos or PPA)

  • sudo apt update --yes
  • sudo apt install libreoffice libreoffice-gtk3 libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb libreoffice-help-en-us --yes

Hope that helps