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I use
cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

I tend to bring up the folder that has the files and then run the command on the files without dealing with the "run file in different folder" type of work.

I have not had any issues with "desktop menu installs" for Ubuntu since going to 12.04 from 10.04. 10.xx tended to give me troubles with the menu installation process half the time. So, sometimes it will be needed to remove LO from the system either using the Terminal [remove not purge] or the Synaptic Package Manager. 12.xx and 13.04 seem not to install it with the upgrading or clean install.

I use MATE desktop environment instead of the other GNOME forks. I do not like Unity and/or the GNOME 3.x Unity-look-alike DE. I have not upgraded my desktop to 13.04, but when I replace my sda drive, I will do a clean install of 13.04. So I stick with 12.04 on the desktop and 13.04 on the laptops. There were just a few changes in the menus from 12.04 and 12.10/13.04 with the rest seeming the same to me.

On 04/30/2013 09:55 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
The wiki-page

recommends using

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice?

but i never quite trust the single question mark and replace that with a star to be certain of 
getting everything.  Also i'm not sure about purge as i suspect it gets rid of settings, configs, 
Extensions, galleries and everything so i prefer

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*

Also after doing the install you might want LibreOffice to look a bit nicer so it's good to install 
the desktop integration package relevant for your DE (in this case probably Gnome (or more likely a 
fork of it), Unity or Xfce (ok, this last one is unlikely)) so try

sudo dpkg -i desktop-integration/*.deb

Note there is no / or anything in front of desktop-integration because the folder called 
"desktop-integration" should be in the folder you are already in at that point.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: Dan Lewis <>
Sent: Tuesday, 30 April 2013, 4:01
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Error trying to install LibreOffice on ubuntu 12.10

On 04/29/2013 09:57 PM, Hugh Lupien wrote:
When trying to install LibreOffice on ubuntu 12.10 using the
readme directions that follow:

"sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The above DEBSdpkg command does the first part of the installation
process. To complete the process, you also need to install the desktop
integration packages. To do this, change directory to the
"desktop-integration" directory that is within the "DEBS" directory,
using the following command:

cd desktop-integration

Now run the dpkg command again:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The installation process is now completed, and you should have icons
for all the LibreOffice applications in your desktop's
Applications/Office menu."

I get the following error message after successfully installing the
first part according to the readme txt, and trying to install the
desktop integration packages:

cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i *.deb[sudo] password for hugh-u:
Selecting previously unselected package libreoffice-debian-menus.
dpkg: regarding libreoffice4.0-debian-menus_4.0.2-2_all.deb containing
   libreoffice-debian-menus conflicts with libreoffice-bundled
    libreoffice-core provides libreoffice-bundled and is present and

dpkg: error processing libreoffice4.0-debian-menus_4.0.2-2_all.deb
   conflicting packages - not installing libreoffice-debian-menus
Errors were encountered while processing:

Please help if you can. Thank you

Hugh Lupien
       Ubuntu includes their own version of LibreOffice which includes
this : libreoffice-common which contains the menu entries. When you ran
sudo dpkg -i *.deb in the desktop-integration folder, you are trying to
overwrite what is contained in libreoffice-common. That is when you get
your error. (This has been happening to me for more than 10 years.)
       So, what do I do? First of all I have installed Synaptic from the
Ubuntu repositories using
sudo apt-get install synaptic. Then open Synaptic (Applications > System
Tools > Adminstration). You will have to enter your user password to
open this program. Then enter libreoffice in the Search box and click
the Search button. Remove all the packages that contain libreoffice in
the Installed Version column. (Right click the program and select Mark
for Removal. When you have marked all of the appropriate programs, click
the Apply button. At the top. A window appears labeled Summary. Double
check that you have not accidentally marked a program for removal that
should not be removed. Also make sure that libreoffice-common is on the
removal list. When you are satisfied, click the apply button in this
window. Then close Synaptic. Now you can go back to the
desktop-integration folder. There run sudo dpkg -i *.deb. This time
there should be no error, and you should have the LO menu
present in the Office folder. Or if you use Unity (I do not), you can
search for the LO icons using the top "icon" of the Dash.


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