I tried to build libreoffice on Ubuntu 13.04 x86-64 using VirtualBox. An error has occurred which says: no suitable windowing system found, exiting .

Any ideas on how to solve this problem?

  • Why don't you use the compiled version? Have you installed all neded development libraries?
    – Manuel
    Jun 19, 2013 at 6:16
  • from where I can get the compiled version ? And yes I have installed all the development libraries.
    – Alloo
    Jun 19, 2013 at 7:39
  • See below. Just download, extract and install.
    – Manuel
    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:48

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The official wiki says:

sudo apt-get build-dep libreoffice # only on Debian/Ubuntu
git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core libreoffice
cd libreoffice
make dev-install

You can get the compiled version here. Just choose x86_64 or x86 and deb.
Unpack the file:

  • Click on your downloaded package (or right click and do a "Open With" and choose your unpacking tool).
  • Extract the folder to a location you have easy access to (your Home directory is fine)

Installation of the packages

  • Change into the unpacked folder, in it you will see some files and a DEBS/ folder.
  • Change into this folder
  • Select ALL files within this folder (except the "desktop integration" folder).
  • Do a right-click and in the drop-down menu select something like "Open with Ubuntu Software center"
  • You may be prompted to install dependencies, generally the system will tell you if these dependencies will break something.

  • Change into the desktop integration folder. This contains a LibreOffice*debian-menus_*.deb file

  • Again right-click and open with Ubuntu Software Center to install.
  • I've already used those commands but the problem appears when I do the "make" and it looks like this: no suitable windowing system found, exiting. make[1]: *** [/home/alloo/lo/workdir/unxlngx6.pro/Gallery/arrows.done]
    – Alloo
    Jun 19, 2013 at 7:10

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