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On 2020-04-14 10:34, Dan Lewis wrote:

On 4/14/20 01:28, John Kaufmann wrote:
For "Installing several versions of LibreOffice in parallel" 
<>, the wiki discusses editing bootstraprc (Linux) or 
bootstrap.ini (Windows), changing the "UserInstallation" variable using configuration variables $SYSUSERCONFIG and 

The implication of the discussion seems to be that these variables are part of a configuration 
language that is familiar to the reader.  But it's not familiar to me, and I'm having trouble to 
find the documentation (probably because my terminology is imprecise). Can someone point me in the 
right direction?

I think that there is an easier way to install several versions of LibreOffice in parallel, perhaps 
not in Windows or Mac. Presently I have the installation files in /opt/: 6.2, 6.3, 6.3.4. and 6.4. 
I can run all four at the same time if I so desire.

How did I do this? all but 6.3.4 were installed normally with one exception: I changed the last 
line in bootstraprc using a text editor as an administrator.

UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/libreoffice/4 became 
UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/libreoffice/6.3 for LibreOffice 6.3. Obviously the end of this line 
for each of the other versions was 6.2, or 6.4 respectively. When a particular version was first 
started, the configuration folder is created as a subfolder of /home/.config/

For version 6.3.4, this was more involved. First I followed the link that you have mentioned to 
install this version in parallel within the folder containing the installation files. 
(LibreOffice_6.3.4.1_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS/Install. This created as a subfolder libreoffice6.3/ 
which is its installation folder. Then I also followed the same instructions to install the help 
files for this version in parallel. Next I moved the help folder to the libreoffice6.3 installation 
folder (/home/username/.config/libreoffice/) which made the help files available to this parallel 
version of 6.3.4 when it is run.

Next to the last step: Modify the bootstraprc last line to

UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/libreoffice/4 became 
UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/libreoffice/Direct. (I wanted to use this particular version to 
connect to MySQL using the direct connection. Other versions are either using either connecting to 
MySQL using JAVA or connecting to HSQLDB 2.5.0.)

Last step: As administrator, I moved the libreoffice6.3 folder that I had created to the /opt/ 

There may well be something listed here that could be used for Windows or Mac, I do not know.

Dan, that is really elegant, and gives me a completely different way to think about the 
configuration issues. Regina has pointed me to info on the original approach, and each of these 
approaches helps to illuminate the other. For that I'm grateful.

Best regards,

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