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I think the reason why LibreOffice is popping up after you run a --convert-to command is that you are not using --headless. The flag --headless hides the LibreOffice GUI, and only performs the operation specified. Also, it doesn't look like wildcards (the * that you used to indicate all the files in a directory) work with LibreOffice. I tested this command in a folder with a bunch of .doc files in it:
soffice --headless --convert-to odt *.doc
It did not produce any output.
However, the following command works correctly, and does not load LibreOffice afterwords:
soffice --headless --convert-to odt mydocfile.doc
(You would use the "libreoffice" command as it appears you are using Linux, but because I am using Windows, I have to use "soffice.") So, since wildcards (at least for me) don't work with LibreOffice, you would have to create a script (if you wanted some kind of recursive automation that you mentioned) that looped through the files that you wanted to convert and ran the --convert-to command separately for each one. You can also use --outdir to change the output directory. Here is an AskLO thread that may be useful:
I hope this helps!


On 3/4/2014 4:34 PM, Ed_0 wrote:

I would like to know, why does libreoffice open up after running in a
terminal "libreoffice --convert-to odt *.doc?

What if I want a recursive behaviour?

Thank you for answering.


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