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How to "properly" downgrade LibreOffice versions deals with a downgrade from 3.5 to 3.4.*. Is there any way to nicely downgrade LibreOffice 4.0 to 3.6? The latter is not in the package lists.

Background: It is because of this bug which is about the incompatibility of an extension which should really be core functionality. Essentially, 4.0 just does not deal with templates in an intelligent way. You cannot fully apply a template to an existing document.

Update: based on apt-cache showpkg libreoffice (found on How to Downgrade a Package via apt-get?) one can confirm that only LibreOffice 4.* is in the repositories.

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You could add this LO 3.6 repo and then proceed to ppa-purge the 4.0 repo. Haven't tried this out myself but it should work in principle. –  Glutanimate May 23 '13 at 16:07
    
In the technical details it states that this is for quantal and precise. Will it work for raring as well or will it leave a mess behind? –  don.joey May 23 '13 at 16:10
    
I don't know, sorry. I am still on 12.04 –  Glutanimate May 23 '13 at 16:12
    
@don.joey didn't work for me on raring - W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/libreoffice-3-6/ubuntu/dists/raring/main/bi‌​nary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found => apt-cache only offers 4.0.2. –  Beni Cherniavsky-Paskin Sep 17 '13 at 1:34
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@Braiam No the extension for which I wanted to do this has been merged. I am not sure which of these answers works. –  don.joey Mar 30 at 18:32

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For me this worked:

sudo apt-get install synaptic
sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Then remove ppa for LibreOffice4 Add ppa for LibreOffice3.6

sudo apt-get update

via synaptic reinstall packages which make problems for me it was libexttextcat

Install LibreOffice via synaptic.

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There is a way to downgrade but not as "nicely" as I would like.

  1. Install Synaptic sudo apt-get install synaptic
  2. Uninstall libreoffice sudo apt-get purge libreoffice
  3. Add the Libreoffice 3.6 ppa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-3-6
  4. Refresh the repositories list sudo apt-get update
  5. Install LO 3.6 sudo apt-get install libreoffice=1:3.6.6-0ubuntu1~precise1~ppa1 . I never done this but there is information on how to install specific version here.
  6. Open Synaptic, search for Libreoffice, select the package and from the package menu select Lock version.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the answer, I have just tried it but it doesn't work. –  king_julien Jul 25 '13 at 16:04

Had this problem of downgrade too (from 4.1 to 4.0.4 ). Found this solution in a libroffice page & it's working fine!

If you have no menus on a Debian/Ubuntu-based system or trouble with the install, you likely didn’t uninstall the distro version of LibreOffice completely. You will need to make sure all the binary packages listed here: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice are uninstalled. On Ubuntu releases, executing:

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*  
sudo apt-get purge openoffice.org-dtd-officedocument1.0 python-uno python3-uno uno-libs3 ure

Source: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.1#Most_Annoying_Bugs

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