the application cannot be started. failed to updatefile:///john/.libreoffice/3/user/extensions/bundled/lastsynchronized

I get the above error message when i try to start libreoffice on linux mint11 (gnome). I have tried uninstalling, then reinstalling via the software manager and also using the tarball from the libreoffice site, but without any luck

And make sure you have write permissions to whole .libreoffice directory:
chown john ~/.libreoffice -R

chmod u+rw ~/.libreoffice -R

If this does not help, maybe deleting the file does?
rm /home/john/.libreoffice/3/user/extensions/bundled/lastsynchronized

Hi @johnb,

I agree with everything @mahfiaz suggests. I’d suggest that you make a backup of that lastsynchronized file before deleting it, just in case you need to restore it later (it sounds like it’s a pretty low-importance file, but just in case :-).

If that doesn’t help you, then please file a bug about this problem. It’s possible that there is some underlying issue that the QA team would be interested to investigate.

Please post a link to any bugs you file in a comment below using the format “fdo#123456”.