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"
<https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Installing_in_parallel>, the wiki discusses editing bootstraprc (Linux) or
bootstrap.ini (Windows), changing the "UserInstallation" variable using configuration variables $SYSUSERCONFIG and
The implication of the discussion seems to be that these variables are part of a configuration
language that is familiar to the reader. But it's not familiar to me, and I'm having trouble to
find the documentation (probably because my terminology is imprecise). Can someone point me in the
I think that there is an easier way to install several versions of LibreOffice in parallel, perhaps
not in Windows or Mac. Presently I have the installation files in /opt/: 6.2, 6.3, 6.3.4. and 6.4.
I can run all four at the same time if I so desire.
How did I do this? all but 6.3.4 were installed normally with one exception: I changed the last
line in bootstraprc using a text editor as an administrator.
UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/libreoffice/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_188.8.131.52_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/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.
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