So I made the mistake of upgrading to LibreOffice 4. And so once again when I start Libre office I get the useless message, “LibreOffice requires a Java runtime environment (JRE) to perform this task. The selected JRE is defective. Please select another version or install a new JRE and select it under Tools - Options - LibreOffice - Java.”
For a start, the JRE is NOT defective. It currently runs Eclipse, jEdit, and pretty much any other program that wants a JRE. Only LibreOffice continues after all these years to be incompatible with most JREs.
The second problem is that the error message is uninformative. If LibreOffice is unhappy with my currently working JRE, then exactly which version and type (32-bit or 64-bit) does His Highness LibreOffice require? “Another version” is pointlessly stupid guidance.
Thirdly, LibreOffice 220.127.116.11 no longer contains a Tools - Options - LibreOffice - Java menu choice. The Java option so helpfully described in the long-obsolete error message created for OpenOffice 0.1 has been replaced by Advanced. Sigh…
This specific OpenOffice / LibreOffice problem has existed for far, far, far too many years. I’d report it as a bug, but I see that reporting LibreOffice errors would require me to create another separate web account simply to tell the LibreOffice developers to put an end to this stupid “JRE defective” finger-pointing when in fact it’s LibreOffice that has the problem.
So, does anybody just so happen to know which JRE version and type (32-bit or 64-bit) I need to acquire just to satisfy LibreOffice 4? Or should I simply roll back to the formerly working version and permanently forgo upgrading to any newer, yet presumably still not-improved, versions of LO? (Because the evidence indicates that the LO developers are unable to fix LO’s JRE compatibility problem; or even simply update the error message so that someone can take informed corrective action…)
Yeah, yeah, I know — LO is free so one can’t expect it to work properly. Got it, thanks.
Cheers & thanks,