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This is a topic I have some interest in and have been following.

While I am aware of the capacity to run the soffice script from the terminal and even creating a custom launcher for the Gnome, XFCE4 and in Mint, Mate panels, what I am curious about is exactly why doing so is even necessary in the first place?

This will have been the first time in my experience of using OOo and now LibO that doing this manually is necessary, and it makes me wonder what value the desktop-integration package has if the user still needs to do this customised approach to get the application to work.

Are you able to shine any light on the matter? Is this an oversight from the 4.1. beta developers, a bug, or - a feature? Similarly, any ideas about why this desktop integration (which doesn't) is only geared for the KDE and not for Gnome (and Gnome-like) DEs?

Thanks for any insights you can share.

On 21/07/13 20:47, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
Have you tried bringing LibreOffice up with "soffice" in a terminal shell, or unambiguously, "/opt/libreoffice4.1/program/soffice" (less quotes, of course)? If that works, then you could manually add a link in your menu or at least an icon on your desktop. soffice is the main libreoffice program or, more accurately, script, that invokes the other programs (Writer, Calc, etc.). If that program is not run first, then the others may not be initialized properly to run.

You could also run writer, calc, etc. from a terminal and see what messages are output from it. They may give you a clue as to why it isn't running properly. But my bet is on soffice.

FYI: "soffice" is a legacy name from the StarOffice days. Maybe some day the devs will get around to changing that - unless it would break something.

Hope this helps.
Girvin Herr


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