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Hi Tom,

This method should uninstall all LibreOffice versions at one time. I've seen one person recommend using a purge command also to make sure all LibreOffice elements are removed. This method really works very well. Just paste three commands in a terminal and you have a complete new version. The install process this way is fast. I think significantly faster than if you were installing an upgrade in Windows. The only downside to this method is if you wanted multiple versions installed at one time.


On 02/10/2013 01:13 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
my extremely inelegant way would be to uninstall both and then just reinstall the one you do want.  
There has to be a lot of better ways to do this though!
Regards from
Tom :)

From: M Henri Day <>
To: Dan Lewis <>
Cc: "LibreOffice, users" <>
Sent: Sunday, 10 February 2013, 18:02
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Installing the Deb

2013/2/9 Dan Lewis <>

On 02/09/2013 04:21 PM, Jay Lozier wrote:

On 02/09/2013 03:07 PM, Tom Davies wrote:

Hi :)
I downloaded the .Deb for Ubuntu (and others) twice yday and tried
installing it as per instructions but when i tried running LibreOffice
from the command-line by typing in


I got an error message saying that LibreOffice couldn't run because i
was missing a package called something like


when i looked through all the packages in the Deb and desktop integration
folders i found there was one!  I'm sure it's been there in previous
releases?!  However when i double-click on a docX or odt or anything
then LibreOffice 4 does successfully open it.

So, it's a bit weird but doesn't seem to be problem unless i try that odd
way of opening LO in a way that i would never normally have tried unless
i wanted to try to collect error reports and stuff (ie never).

Regards from
Tom :)


I confirm the CLI libreoffice gives the error missing libreoffice-common
run sudo apt-get libreoffice-common.

This was using LO 4.0 (direct download) and Mint 13 Maya. All the
features have beens installed including help-pack and SDK

LO 4.0 does run when menu or file is clicked.

What is the CLI entry to run LO 4.0 in Linux I think is the question.

        Command line to run LO 4.0 (or earlier versions as well) in linux:
/opt/libreoffice4.0/program/**soffice.  (Note, you could use sbase,
scalc, etc. instead of soffice.)
       When Ubuntu installs it version of LO, it puts a script that starts
LO in Path$. So, if you want to use the command line, add
/opt/libreoffice4.0/program to Path$. Then use sbase, scalc, sdraw,
simpress, or soffice in the command line. Ubuntu will know what to do with
       What I do is to add a menu to the top panel. Within it, I have the
icons (tools?) that will open the particular version of a program such as
LO that I want. You have to edit the Applications menu first creating a new
menu. Then add the new menu to the top panel. (There is a little more to do
with this though.)


I have the legacy Version (Build ID: 360m1(Build:101)) om my main
box, running 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 with the Cinnamon environment and, not
surprisingly, entering »soffice« from the command line lauches that version
of LO. I installed version a couple of days ago, and if I instead
perform »/opt/libreoffice4.0/program/soffice« it is that version which will
launch. What I should like to do is to entirely replace the former with the
latter (with which, so far, I am very happy), so that when I run »soffice«
in  a terminal or click my LO icons in Cinnamon, it is LibreOffice
which launches instead of Any suggestions - with all the gory
details - as to how to best go about this ?...


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