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I now have the terminal commands in a text document. I keep forgetting the "remove" command's "text". So I just use the package manager to remove the previous version.

Maybe there could be a "sh" type of command made and placed in the archived folder one level up from the DEBS folder. Then all someone needs to so is run one command in the terminal that would do everything else. Make it generic so it would not need changing for every version. Do the same for the RPM installs.

How easy would it be then? run one command that will do everything for you so it would not take any other typing, except your password, to get the Linux versions installed. Windows users get one double clicking of the file, plus the "custom install options", to install LO. Have a simple single line command to remove the old version of LO and install the new one would be really nice.

Still, some Linux users would not like that. It would make my life easier sometimes.

On 02/11/2013 12:50 PM, Don C. Myers wrote:
Hi All,

A simple copy and paste works really well!!!!!! No typing necessary. Just make sure you have the file saved as a .txt that you open with GEdit.

When I was new to Linux (Ubuntu) and didn't understand anything about what the system was really doing or about the file structure, OpenOffice was updated, and it wasn't going to be included for Ubuntu users until the next update, which was three or 4 months down the road. I ran across this method as a way to update my OpenOffice without waiting. The same thing took place with the next OpenOffice release. Again I found the updated instructions on the Internet. I still use this as it is easy to update computers. I've installed Ubuntu on about 23 or so. It is also easy for a new person to Ubuntu since they don't have to understand changing directories, etc. Simple extract the download to the desktop, and then copy and paste the three commands into the terminal.


On 02/11/2013 12:00 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
You don't need to do all that typing anyway. Just press the tab key a few times and the terminal cleverly works out what you are aiming for. It takes a bit of working out how it works at first but it's a real boon once you get used to it. Renaming is not a bad idea though as it clarifies exactly what is what.

I thnk it inspired those old mobile phones that had "predictive texting" waaaay before smart-phones arrived. Hmmm, thinking about it i wonder what OS they were running! ;) Unfortunately the phones version of predictive text was quite a bit different and a bit of a pita for a lot of people. Dunno how often my phone called my best buddy a cow!

This has beena great thread! Thanks all :) It's given me a lot to try out.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: webmaster-Kracked_P_P <>
Sent: Monday, 11 February 2013, 3:27
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Installing the Deb

I do not like all that typing.

What I do is use the default file manager and double click the archived file and unarchive it. Then I take the folder that is created and rename it to Lib or LibO. That way you do not need to type all of the characters of the folder's name. I also do not use the desktop as the "storage" place fore the unarchived folder[s].

I keep forgetting the "remove" command so I use the package manager to remove the LO packages from the previous version that was installed. Works well for me.

Also, I tend to use the "cd" command to go to the proper folder[s] where the "dpkg" command is needed. Long ago, in my mainframe days, I was taught to go to the folder[s] where my files are to run them. That is what I try to do. The only time I do not is when I have a launcher icon to work with on my desktop. I prefer to use the GUI more than the terminal anyways. Easier on my fingers and my typing skills after 3 strokes. So I do things as easy as I can, or easy as I can remember to do/use.

On 02/10/2013 01:06 PM, Don Myers wrote:

I used the following instructions to upgrade to LibreOffice on three machines with Ubuntu 12.10. It has worked really well so far. No issues installing or using it. The bug that made some functions in Base run unacceptably slow have been fixed!!!!!!!

*Instructions for the 64 Bit Debian Version:*
Download LibreOffice_4.0.0.3 to the desktop.
Right click on it and extract it to the desktop. This will give you the folder LibreOffice_4.0.0.3_Linux_x86-64_deb
Run the following terminal commands to install it:
1. sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*.*
2. sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/LibreOffice_4.0.0.3_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS/*.deb 3. sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/LibreOffice_4.0.0.3_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS/desktop-integration/libreoffice4.0-debian-menus_4.0.0-103_all.deb 4. If using Unity, Open Dash, type Libre and you will see the different components (Writer, Calc, etc.). Simply drag the icons for them over to where you wish to have them in the launcher bar.

If you install it in this manner using the official Document Foundation version, and you type libreoffice in the command line, I get the following:
The program 'libreoffice' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-common
An install as shown above does not have any repository from which it originated. Therefore there aren't any updates, which I understand. If it showed up as an installed program, Ubuntu would try to update the LibreOffice with its own version which would lead to a royal mess!!!!!! I did not get a message saying there is a missing package like you did.


On 02/10/2013 09:59 AM, webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:
I ram the install on Linux Mint 14 and had no troubles with it.

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 :)

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