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How to install Open Office on Fedora 23 workstation 32bit

asked 2016-07-06 13:55:47 -0500

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I just recently upgraded for Fedora 18 to Fedora 23 workstation. (I never really used f18 that much, didn't have time to experiment. Now that I have the time I want to dive in and learn.)

I have a 32bit system that I am running the workstation on. I've downloaded OpenOffice rpms and unpacked it. I used the command line to install the packages, with this command | rpm -Uvih *rpm |. I should state that I am using the terminal through the GUI and I expected to see the app in my application menu but I did not. I searched the hard drive and found the OpenOffice files in my OPT directory. When I tried to run any of the apps from that directory Libre Office started instead of OpenOffice.

What did I do wrong?

Is there a GUI installation? If so, how do you start it?

Thanks for your help with this. Please be kind, I am still learning how all of this works.

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I'm not sure why LibreOffice is opening, but I think I know why OpenOffice isn't: by default, /opt isn't on your path, as you can see by running echo $PATH

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-07-06 18:42:53 -0500 )edit

Also this is the command this page recommends: rpm -Uhv package_file.rpm preferably specify the name of the package. When navigating on the command line you can use TAB key and fedora will fill up the name for you for example if your rpm was saved to Downloads: $ rpm -Uhv /home/user/Downloads/A(press TAB) pache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.rpm If you give it the first few letters it will fill in the rest, if you press TAB 2 times quiqly itl show you what is in the folder.

centinel20 gravatar imagecentinel20 ( 2016-07-06 21:47:39 -0500 )edit

That's echo $PATH in a terminal. For some reason, it's not letting me save that edit.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-07-07 01:16:51 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-07-07 17:11:26 -0500

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Well, I managed to install OpenOffice. I did some deeper searching and found some instructions. They are as follows.

First I removed LibreOffice with this command. dnf --setopt=clean_requirements_on_remove=false remove libreoffice*

Second I Block and libreoffice-ure package updates like so -

Edit file

nano -w /etc/dnf/dnf.conf

Then I added an exclude line it that file -

Add exclude row

[main]* libreoffice-ure*

Than I installed Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 RPM packages by doing the following - rpm -Uvh RPMS/.rpm RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1.2-redhat-.rpm

Once it was installed I ran the OpenOffice4 command and the app open up and ran for me, it also installed all of the Icons and Links application menu.

Unfortunately, OpenOffice crashes after being open for a couple of minutes. If I can't figure out how to stop it from crashing I will have to go back to LibreOffice. Problem is I have deleted it off of my system and I don't know how to put it back on. Uhgggg!!!

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You can just do $ sudo dnf install libreoffice and its done. I hope you find a way to make Open work.

centinel20 gravatar imagecentinel20 ( 2016-07-07 21:07:00 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the command. I will write this down so I can use it if I am unable to OpenOffice to work.

papaj gravatar imagepapaj ( 2016-07-08 09:11:29 -0500 )edit

Yea dnf will install everything. The repository system is wonderful, everything just works. I would advice you to do reaserch on dnf (it was yum before). Between the fedora repositories and rpmfusion repositories you can find just about any program you would ever want or a substitute. And you can keep all packages and kernel updated with $ sudo dnf update and that just takes care of everything. Cheers.

centinel20 gravatar imagecentinel20 ( 2016-07-08 15:33:50 -0500 )edit

Very useful information. Thank you. I went a head and re-installed LibreOffice.

papaj gravatar imagepapaj ( 2016-07-12 16:56:04 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-07-06 21:31:34 -0500

centinel20 gravatar image

I Know this might not be very useful but in my experience it is easier to use the programs from the repositories, that way you can just update them with $ sudo dnf update I've found Libre Office to work like a charm, It is almost exactly the same as Open Office I feel its better even. Here is a little explanation. Sorry I cant be more help, just advice from one new guy to another.

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