The following applies to Ubuntu or Debian based distros (i.e. CrunchBang 9.04.01 or Statler)
In the past I’ve provided how-tos on how to install OpenOffice using the debs available at OpenOffice rather than the Ubuntu or Debian repos. It’s just a personal preference but I like it this way as it doesn’t drag in any unnecessary dependencies.
I now have some scripts that will do the job automagically. If you’d like to use them just follow the steps below. There are 32 and 64 bit versions. There are versions that will install the en-GB or US versions. If you want the version for any other language you’ll need to edit the script accordingly.
Run the following commands depending on your preference and architecture:
32bit – enGB version
32bit – US version
for 64bit – enGB version
for 64bit – enUS version
Choose and download the 32 or 64 bit script you need and make make it executable with
chmod +x ooo32-installer*.sh
If you would like edit the script in anyway (i.e. install a language) then now is the time to do it
Now run the script as root or using sudo
Edit: I'm now installing OpenOffice via the repos on Debian/Statler. I guess it took me a while to get over Ubuntu's behaviour of dragging in the Ubuntu Desktop with every second package installed. In Debian the repos are a much easier option but I'll maintain these scripts for anyone who wants to use them
Edit: Aug 9, 2010. Scripts updated to install 3.2.1
I used your advice the first time I tried to install OOo. Even though its not that hard, a script makes it a lot easier! Thanks omns.
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I'm still getting to grips with finding programs after they have been installed in Crunchbang. What's the command to use in Alt+F2 please.
Also, after programs have been installed in Crunchbang can you tell me how/where to find the executable files?
To find the commands for applications:
http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic … -commands/
BTW if you wish to contact me, send me an e-mail instead of a PM.
See post 3 in this link but replace 'ooffice' with 'soffice'.
Also, I like to use dmenu (Alt+F3) to find programs in #!...
Last edited by jpope (2010-04-16 20:36:03)
...old school #! user now running Arch
Thanks for the latest suggestions but, none of them start openoffice after an apparent successful install following the above script instructions. All the debs are there in their own directory and when I try to install them the system tells me that they are already installed but, where???
This is a puzzler.
I have tried logging out and in again to see if that mattered - it didn't.
I tried xfce4-appfinder but, it looks like only preinstalled apps are found with it as I have installed Skype today and the program doesn't find it even though Alt+F2 will start Skype.
Any more ideas folks?
Ah, maybe this is part of the problem - there is no openoffice within /opt. I wander where the install directory is? I tried to find soffice but, it didn't appear.
If you installed it with the script they are in /opt/openoffice.org3/program. I can't remember where the debs from the repos places them.
Very strange. I think I will have to run the scripts again.
Will have to leave this for a few days though as I have to get some sleep before setting off for a couple of days break.
^ Ok, I'll be interested to know if you see any error messages as the script runs. Please let me know if you find anything so I can fix it
Edit: I've tested the download links in all the scripts and they are ok. Check that you are running it as root (sudo)
omns - sorry, just reinstalled OO today after a few weeks. Totally forgot about it, have been busy with other things.
I can now use OO - after installing the latest java.
One slight problem which I believe is Sun's problem:
The spreadsheet applet won't show cells in the bottom half of the sheet if opened full screen. In fact if I start to open the window past the default opening size, I start to lose rows if I stretch past column 'K'. The further along the alphabet I go the more rows I lose.