I have some problems to start Open Office on Ubuntu 10.10. I've tried to start it by menu and by terminal (oowriter). Both ways are not working.

It's confusing to see that starting OpenOffice by typing ooffice in the terminal is working fine. So that's a workaround for me to use the OpenOffice Writer, but it's no satisfying solution.

When I execute "ooffice -writer" (see comments) I get the following message:

terminate called after throwing an instance of com::sun::star::lang::WrappedTargetRuntimeException'

I figured out that root can start oowriter. So it seems to be a permission problem. It's a default Ubuntu OpenOffice installation.

How can I fix this?

  • 'ooffice -writer' would be a workaround.
    – Kane
    Nov 30, 2010 at 7:30
  • I think you mean "ooffice writer"? Not working... I get the following error: terminate called after throwing an instance of 'com::sun::star::lang::WrappedTargetRuntimeException'
    – 1passenger
    Nov 30, 2010 at 7:42
  • No, he really means ooffice -writer
    – evgeny
    Nov 30, 2010 at 8:30
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    Do you get any output on the terminal when executing oowriter ? If yes please update your question. Nov 30, 2010 at 8:50
  • Oh, I didn't recognized the space. I will try that. I don't have output on the terminal when executing oowriter.
    – 1passenger
    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:34

3 Answers 3


Removing .openoffice.org* directories in your home directory may solve this problem.

open a terminal and try this command:

rm -rf ~/.openoffice.org*
  • Thank you very much, this is the solution! I posted the same answer, but I was 1 minute to slow. ;-)
    – 1passenger
    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:55
  • @1passenger: Happy to know that you have solved the problem. Have a nice day.
    – aneeshep
    Dec 3, 2010 at 8:00

Try: soffice -writer

"Starting from the command line" - http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/OOoAuthors_User_Manual/Getting_Started/Starting_from_the_command_line

  • Not working... no error message, no running program. I can only see the logo of Open Office for some seconds.
    – 1passenger
    Dec 1, 2010 at 21:16
  • "RuntimeException" looks like it refers to Java. JRE=Java Runtime Environment. I would make sure that you have installed ubuntu-restricted-extras , which installs Java and do a reinstall of OpenOffice.
    – user4815
    Dec 2, 2010 at 15:44
  • Ubuntu-restricted-extras was installed. But I tried to remove (--purge) OpenOffice and I installed it again. Same behaviour.
    – 1passenger
    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:21
  • Maybe this is a helpful information. This is my java version: java version "1.6.0_20" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.9.1) (6b20-1.9.1-1ubuntu3) OpenJDK Server VM (build 17.0-b16, mixed mode)
    – 1passenger
    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:23

I solved the problem:

You have to execute the following command (just for backup, you also can delete the folder)

mv ~/.openoffice.org ~/.openoffice.org.backup

Then you can start OpenOffice by menu or terminal and everything's fine! :-)

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