Libreoffice 20(Build:2) hangs on 19.04 with "Loading document.." on some but not all ODTs. I had no issues on 18.10. Note that I had removed the hidden lock files in the directory.

It was no linux file permission issue:

ls -l *odt
-rw-r--r-- 1 me me 160558 Aug 13  2018 fails.odt
-rw-r--r-- 1 me me  16466 Apr 22 22:32 works.odt

After removing /home/username/.config/libreoffice the problem goes away. Why was the file locked? Did something go wrong in the installation?

For the record: My fresh 19.04/Libreoffice gave me several warnings and errors, "failed to read path from javaldx", and locked up. I purged the Libreoffice installation and removed the config directory, and even installed java* as advised by the command-line messages.... very messy.

  • Can you still reproduce the problem?
    – Elias
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 18:11
  • Yes, it got worse! I now have to delete the config directory frequently, it seems every time I open or create a file. Otherwise a window pops up telling me "Soffice is not responding".
    – Christians
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 20:45

2 Answers 2


I had issues too with Libre Office not starting after the 19.04 upgrade. I fully uninstalled Libre Office, restarted and reinstalled and it seems to be working again:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autorermove


sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Note that my problem is fixed when using, god bless!

The issue with slow loading ODT remains in LO and I have submitted this follow-up https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=125426.

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