Unable to install LO 6 in Linux


The default version of LO in Linux Mint 18 is Version: Build ID: 1:5.1.6~rc2-0ubuntu1~xenial3. I tried to download and install version 6 using dpkg -i *.deb. However, it will not start and get the following message in the command line:

/usr/bin/libreoffice6.0: 174: exec: /opt/libreoffice6.0/program/oosplash: not found

Foolishly, I had uninstalled the 5.1 version prior to trying the new version. But even after re-installing the old version the 6 branch does not initiate.

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

4.13.0-39-generic #44~16.04.1-Ubuntu x86_64 GNU/Linux


Thank you all that responded. I’m embarrassed to say that I had downloaded the 32 bit version by mistake. Once I obtained the correct 64 bit version, it installed without any problems.

@alanw You should still use the PPA version. More suited to Ubuntu based systems.

Your story sounds horrible and it is not clear that you can ever succeed with a “regular” installation. For help you had to give more information.
A workaround for you could be an installation in parallel as described here:


This can’t repair your or the program’s mistakes but if you are lucky all of that is a useful condition for productive working…


First I would uninstall the version you just installed.

Next clean us remnants of anything else of LO installed. From a terminal:

 sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*


 sudo apt-get clean


 sudo apt-get autoremove

Now rename you existing user profile(s) to avoid new install problems. See this post → LibreOffice user profile.

Finally, set up for regular updates of LO by using a PPA. Instructions are here →
“LibreOffice Packaging” team

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