I am trying to downgrade from libreoffice 4.3.0~rc1 to the most recent stable 4.2.0.

This is on account of this bug .

I have seen this question about How to downgrade to a specific ppa version of libreoffice which suggests

sudo apt-get install libreoffice=version

but I can't figure out how to specify the version.

libreoffice=4-2 or libreoffice=4.2 or libreoffice=4.2.0 all give me variations on

E: Version '4-2' for 'libreoffice was not found

I have also tried

sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo add-apt repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

but that also gives me the new, unworking 4.3 version.

Any suggestions? I suppose I could install from the .deb files, but I'd rather use a repository version if possible.

Note that:

apt-cache policy libreoffice
  Installed: 1:4.3.0~rc1-0ubuntu1~precise0.2
  Candidate: 1:4.3.0~rc1-0ubuntu1~precise0.2
  Version table:
 *** 1:4.3.0~rc1-0ubuntu1~precise0.2 0
        500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/libreoffice-prereleases/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:3.5.7-0ubuntu6.1 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main amd64 Packages
     1:3.5.4-0ubuntu1.1 0
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/main amd64 Packages
     1:3.5.2-2ubuntu1 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages 

but "sudo apt-get install libreoffice=1:3.5.7-0ubuntu6.1.0"
"E: Version '1:3.5.7-0ubuntu6.1.0' for 'libreoffice' was not found"


apt-cache policy libreoffice

You should get output that looks something like this:

  Installed: 1:4.2.4-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 1:4.2.4-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 1:4.2.4-0ubuntu2 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-security/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:4.2.3~rc3-0ubuntu2 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe amd64 Packages

The one with *** is your currently installed one (or maybe it's the candidate version.. I'm not positive now that I think of it)

To install specifically, say, the second one (in my case) you would type

sudo apt-get install libreoffice=1:4.2.3~rc3-0ubuntu2
  • I tried this and selected the second one on the list: "sudo apt-get install libreoffice=1:3.5.7-0ubuntu6.1.0" : "E: Version '1:3.5.7-0ubuntu 6.1.0' for libreoffice was not found"; also, I don't see any version 4.2 showing up in the apt-cach policy, any idea why? – ohnoplus Jul 1 '14 at 20:20
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    Can you edit your original post with the results of apt-cache policy libreoffice? – Mitch Jul 1 '14 at 20:22
  • modified, as requested – ohnoplus Jul 1 '14 at 21:15
  • So while I'm not sure where you'd get it, 1.4.2 is not in any of the ppas/sources that are available to you – Mitch Jul 2 '14 at 13:11
  • I am not trying to install 1.4.2, I am actually trying to install the latest stable version. I went ahead and installed from the .deb file, which seems to work fine for now. – ohnoplus Jul 3 '14 at 0:27

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