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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: Apache OpenOffice RPMS
Date Sat, 19 May 2012 16:49:30 GMT
On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Nelson Marques <>wrote:

> Dear all,
> I've done beta upgrade to RHEL 6.3 yesterday and runned against a
> problem, openoffice (one of the reasons why I subscribed RHEL) was
> replaced by LibreOffice. I've picked up the archive with Apache
> OpenOffice RPMS and set up a local repository to install Apache
> OpenOffice. I've found a few problems:
>  1) Vendor distributed LibreOffice has Epoch defined (1:), uncool
> stuff (Red Hat should know to do better than this). This literally
> creates a nightmare for less experienced users who want to install
> Apache OpenOffice since a few components will always be replaced by
> LibreOffice (ex: openoffice,org-ure) RPMs. The only way to override
> this is to explicitly blacklist libreoffice in yum.conf (exclude:
> libreoffice*).
> I would suggest that Apache OpenOffice would distribute AAO RPMS with
> Epoch defined to an absurd number... pretty much what Sun/Oracle do
> with Java JDK which uses an epoch of 2000. This would most likely
> obliterate bad practices from vendors which use Epoch.
> According to a previous talk with someone who knows, once Epoch is
> introduced in a package on Red Hat, it remains there till the end of
> days... this to say... Unless you guys introduce some changes on
> packaging the RPMs, vendors like Red Hat created an unholy mess for
> their users who don't want to use LibreOffice.


Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We do seem to be having some
rather difficult issues with some of the Linux installs, and perhaps, this
is one of the reasons.

Maybe someone else can answer your other questions.

> Extra Questions:
>  1) Is there a tarbal with pre-build binaries ? I would like to
> repackage AOO to a more clean stuff for my personal usage (not
> thinking on rebuilding it, though if it becomes necessary, not a
> problem either).
>  2) If 1) is possible, then I would like to create a few packages
> localized for European Portuguese including post-treaty dictionaries
> and pre-treaty (the ones I use) dictionaries.
> Thanks,
> NM
> --
> Nelson Marques
> // I've stopped trying to understand sandwiches with a third piece of
> bread in the middle...


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