How can I use soffice from the command line when Quickstarter is running?

Hello,
I usually have a running instance of LO in the background (the QuickStart icon). I tried to create a script that automatically converts a presentation to the PDF document. However, the command line for soffice does not work until I close this instance. How can I solve this?

To start more than one instance of LibreOffice, you need to assign each instance its own environment. For this, use -env:UserInstallation=file:///path/to/directory.

In order to convert an ODS spreadsheet file on the commandline (on a Mac) while a GUI instance of LO is running, I use this command:

 /Applications/LibreOffice.app/Contents/MacOS/soffice           \
   "-env:UserInstallation=file:///tmp/LibO_Conversion__${USER}" \
   --headless                                                   \
   --convert-to pdf:calc_pdf_Export                             \
   --outdir $(pwd)/lo                                           \
     $(pwd)/lh-dummy.ods 

After completing the command, you may delete /tmp/LibO_Conversion__${USER} again.

Doesn’t work, it either complains I/O error : Is a directory, then if I create an empty file, it says parser error : Document is empty.

It did work perfectly when I try on Linux.

LibO_udir=$(mktemp /tmp/LibO_udir_XXXX)
libreoffice -env:UserInstallation=file://$LibO_udir --headless ....

Hi @Phitherek,

I’m not sure it’s currently possible to run two copies of the same install of LibreOffice at the same time. You could try to install two copies of LibreOffice side-by-side and use one with the quickstarter and one just for command-line conversion.

@Phitherek – Did my Answer solve your question? If so, please mark it as correct!

@qbit: You can be sure now. It IS possible to run multiple instances of LibreOffice, as long as you add a uniq -env:UserInstallation=file:///some/dir/xyz commandline parameter when starting each instance.