I tried to install Libreoffice on Ubuntu 12.04 (after an upgrade), and now I can't install, ugrade, anything in any form. When I go to the Software center, I get a message that I need to repair the package catalog before I can install anything. But the repair fails because of Libreoffice files.

When I try to run sudo apt-get -f install, or sudo apt-get upgrade, or anything else, those libreoffice files prevent any solution.

I tried:

sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -f
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

But that didn't help either.

Here is the output of both the install and repair attempts: http://pastebin.com/A8ztjDTR

Unpacking libreoffice-common (from .../libreoffice-common_1%3a3.5.2-2ubuntu1_all.deb) ... dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a3.5.2-2ubuntu1_all.deb (--unpack): trying to overwrite '/usr/bin/soffice', which is also in package openoffice.org-debian-menus 3.3-9556 No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already

Any suggestions?

  • Can you please copy.paste the output of above command to pastebin and provide link to us :)
    – Tachyons
    Apr 28, 2012 at 17:12
  • Here is the output of both the install and repair attempts: pastebin.com/A8ztjDTR Apr 28, 2012 at 17:26

1 Answer 1


The openoffice.org-debian-menus is the cause of your problems. This should sort it:

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a3.5.2-2ubuntu1_all.deb

Then you should be able to continue with your upgrade.

  • I used aptitude to remove all traces of Libreoffice, and now I can start over. I suppose that your solution would have worked better. Thanks. Apr 29, 2012 at 5:45

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