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From "Rod Lockwood" <>
Subject Re: Installing Apache OpenOffice over LibreOffice
Date Tue, 15 May 2012 12:59:02 GMT
On Mon, 14 May 2012 21:16:29 -0400, NoOp <> wrote:

> Whoa Stop!
> On 05/14/2012 06:43 AM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>> On Mon, 14 May 2012 13:25:37 +0000 (UTC) David H <>
>> wrote:
>>> Rod Lockwood <rodlockwood <at>> writes:
>>>> Well, it worked. It still removed the old install of OpenOffice.
>>>> I had to rename the LibreOffice folder under Users/<user>/ to
>>>>, but after that everything went fine.
>>>> However, the arrow keys don’t work. The touch pad moves the
>>>> cursor around and I can use the rest of the keys, but not the
>>>> arrow keys. The arrow keys on the numeric keypad won’t work
>>>> either.
>>>> Whether this is because I installed into the LibreOffice folder I
>>>> don’t know.
> ...
>>> dave@Daves-Home:~/en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration$ sudo dpkg -i
>>> *.deb (Reading database ... 184115 files and directories currently
>>> installed.) Unpacking (from
>>> openoffice.org3.4-debian-menus_3.4-9590_all. deb) ... dpkg: error
>>> processing openoffice.org3.4- debian-menus_3.4-9590_all.deb
>>> (--install): trying to overwrite '/usr/share/mime/packages/
>>>', which is also in package libreoffice-common
>>> 1:3.4.4-0ubuntu1 dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by
> ...
> The error is written for you.
>>> I have removed Libre through apt-get purge but a remnant is still
>>> there. I get a menu in Office- LibreOffice. I have tried but do not
>>> know how to get rid of this remnant. Is this messing with my
>>> install? How do I get rid of it?
>> Try Sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core
>> Then delete your OpenOffice profile ad previous Libreoffice profiles.
>> Easiest way is to open your Home folder, enable viewing of Hidden
>> Files (Ctrl H in Nautilus) and then delete or rename .openoffice and
>> .libreoffice.  Now reboot (perhaps not strictly necessary, but I
>> always do it - remembering old Windows install problems).  Now
>> reinstall AOO 3.4.  Hopefully all should now be well.
> It seems that the "advice" (even in the AOO developer threads) is to rip
> out/purge LO in order to install AOO. This is just plain wrong... LO
> "advise" says the same about OOo/AOO.
> Please... it's not necessary to remove *anything* with a linux install
> of AOO - unless of course you can't figure out how to create a menu
> launcher/link to /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice. AOO will exist
> happily alongside LibreOffice (any flavor), and even older versions of  
> OOo.
> @Rod: No idea what you were replying to, or to whom, but your *only*
> issue with the install it seems is attempting to install the
> desktop-integration .deb. Don't.

??? Excuse me? That is not my issue. MY issue has to do with the arrow  
keys not working. Re-read the piece of message that you clipped from my  

And I am using Windows 7 Home Edition etc. I wrote that at the top of that  

> The desktop-integration .deb (in OOo, AOO, LO) is, from a user
> perspective, an antiquated piece of code that should have been replaced
> long ago. Rather than providing independent /opt/ standard freedesktop
> menus, icons, and setup, openoffice.org3.4-debian-menus_3.4-9590_all.deb
> (and the others), the deb attempts to overwrite existing distro packaged
> code. This has been apparent for years in OOo - and so we (users) live
> with it and simply bypass any provided 'menus' deb file.
> All you need to do is install the main /AOOen-US3.4/DEBS files, and then
> create a menu/launcher to /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice - done.
> Unless of course you also have an old install of linux OOo/go-oo
> installed and do not wish to use/overwrite the user profile for that. In
> this case (Ubuntu/Debian)
> sudo gedit /opt/openoffice.org3/program/bootstraprc
> and then modify line 5 to:
> UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/.openoffice.org3.4/3
> Done again.
> You'll then be able to run multiple versions of OO (AOO, OOo, LO) at the
> same time in parallel to each other. As an example, on this system I
> have the following:
> $ locate soffice.bin
> /opt/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin
> /opt/libreoffice3.4/program/soffice.bin
> /opt/libreoffice3.5/program/soffice.bin
> /opt/ooo-dev3/program/soffice.bin
> /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin
> /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin
> I didn't have to "purge" anything to accomplish this.

I didn’t have to "purge" anything either. I think you are responding to  
the wrong message.

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