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Hi :)
I think the desktop integration packages normally get added around the time that beta-testing is 
over.  It might have happened earlier in some branches, such as the 4.0.0 but when beta testing 
it's fairly normal to find one or 2 things are not quite finalised.  Normally you just report 
problem and get on with the rest to see if you can find anything else.  Getting bogged down with 1 
issue means you miss the chance to explore the rest.  

Thanks for testing so far though!  Good work.  Good luck with the rest! :)
Thanks and regards from 
Tom :)  

From: sun shine <>
Sent: Monday, 22 July 2013, 15:09
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] desktop-integration


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 

Hope this helps.
Girvin Herr


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