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On 02/11/2013 11:53 AM, Marc Paré wrote:
Wow, I can't imagine that it is that difficult to install LibreOffice on .deb or, for that matter, on any other package (.rpm) on Linux.

I am like Tim with his suggestions below. I am on Mageia Linux rpm. Except I just don't like typing anything for installs in anything, especially in console, except for passwords.

So, here is how I do my LibreOffice installs (in 4 steps), and, I am pretty sure this is possible on a .deb install and on the majority of Linux distros. Here is my KDE routine (I am pretty sure that the Gnome routine would be the same and on most Linux window managers):


* uninstall the older version of LibreOffice (all of it) by using your package manager. The only thing you have to type is the root password. And yes, everything related to the 3.x.x.x or 4.x.x.x version that you are replacing -- *the only thing to type is the root password*


* Download the download file(s) into a file folder. So, for example, I created a file folder called v. and downloaded the .tar.gz file there. No need to rename anything -- *there is nothing to type*


* unpack the .tar.gz by right clicking on the file(s). If there are 2 .tar.gz files or more, you can even select all of them, the, right-click and choose "extract archive here" -- *there is nothing to type*


* once unpacked, there will be a folder. Browse into the folder, pick all of the .rpm files, then, right-click and choose "Open with"->"Software Installer"". The package manager installer window opens and asks you for the root password -- *the only thing to type is the root password*


* \o/ done  <-- OK, I added this step just for fun


Linux has come a long way in user friendliness. There is no need to go through all of these hoops to install a piece of software. If I were a Windows user, this kind of thread would scare me away from using Linux as it makes it sound so difficult to install. It is not that complicated and there is really no need to make it this complicated -- if it were this complicated to install LibreOffice, even I would consider moving to another OS.

Phew, OK, I feel better now that I got this off my chest. Now where did I put those blood pressure pills ... [*smile*]


There are a variety of ways to install LO for Debian OS's. Some are harder than others, and some are easier. What no one has mentioned is the use of script files. They will do much of the work for you. Planning how to install the Deb files is important. If you have LO from your OS, you need to use Synaptic (Step#1 mentioned above.) But this is the only time you need to do this. dpkg (installs the Deb files) writes the new files over the existing files. There is no need to remove them. Extract the installation folder and always place it in the same location. (This is important for the contents of the script file.)

     Example of the script file:
cd /home/dan/Downloads/LO/LibO_3.6.5.2_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/
          sudo dpkg -i *.deb
          cd desktop-integration
          sudo dpkg -i *.deb
This looks like a lot of typing, but it is not really. Besides much of it is used over and over again. The third line is the longest. "cd /home/dan/Downloads/LO/" is the location for the installation folder that you extracted. "LibO_3.6.5.2_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US" is the name of that folder. I do not like to type long names like the name of the installation folder, so I look for a short cut. I use the file browser (Nautilus) to go to this folder's location, I can right click on the folder and select Properties. There at the top is the folder's name highlighted. Ctrl+C copies the name, and I paste it into the third line. I also erase the name of the previous folder. Another method: erase the number of the previous LO version and type in the new number. In this case, replace with
     What this does: installs the Deb files and desktop integration items.
The script file needs to be executable when it was first created. To do this right click the script file, select Properties -> Permissions. Click the box labelled "Allow executing the file as a program."
     The location of the script file might be important also.
     So actual steps to install
1) Download the file to /home/dan/Downloads/LO/.
2) Extract the downloaded file to the same location.
3) Update the third line of the script file using either method using gedit.
4) In the file browser, double click the script file.
5) Click the button "Run in Terminal".
6) Type your password.
7) Close the terminal.
The first two steps involve only clicks. Step 3 can involve only using the mouse, or typing 4 digits and 3 periods. Only step 6 involves typing with the rest done by mouse clicks.


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