I would like to install open office alongside Libre office (I do not want to get rid of LibreOffice) but whenever I try to install the desktop integration I get the following error:

(Reading database ... 206617 files and directories currently installed.)

Preparing to unpack .../openoffice4.1-debian-menus_4.1.1-9775_all.deb ...

Unpacking openoffice-debian-menus (4.1.1-9775) ...

dpkg: error processing archive /home/darkwraith/Setups/en-GB/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1-debian-menus_4.1.1-9775_all.deb (--install):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/bin/soffice', which is also in package libreoffice-common 1:

gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.

gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.

Processing triggers for gnome-icon-theme (3.10.0-0ubuntu2) ...

Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) ...

Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.2-0ubuntu3) ...

Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...

Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...

Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1) ...

Errors were encountered while processing:


I would highly appreciate being told which steps to take to solve the above problem,thank you

  • Just follow the installation instructions: openoffice.org/download/common/…
    – tohuwawohu
    Mar 25, 2015 at 15:36
  • I think this person wants to have both installed side-by-side, with desktop integration working in both (though I'm doubtful there is any desktop integration for open office as it's largely unused my most Linux users.) Mar 25, 2015 at 15:54
  • Why? The one is a fork from the other. Why do you feel the need for both?
    – Elder Geek
    Mar 25, 2015 at 16:04
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    @DeanHowell: You're right - but as far as i see, none of the LibreOffice desktop entries are using the /usr/bin/soffice symlink. The all call libreoffice directly. So i assume LibreOffice will still work as usual even if the symlink to /usr/bin/soffice is "captured" by AOO.
    – tohuwawohu
    Mar 25, 2015 at 16:50
  • @ ElderGeek I would like to try them both out...is there no difference?..Let me clarify my question though....Is there a way to install openoffice and still remain with libreoffice? and if so how?
    – Collins C.
    Mar 27, 2015 at 9:57

1 Answer 1


I just posted an answer to the same issue in this SO thread. Basically, before installing OpenOffice, one should remove symlinks to soffice that LibreOffice created, and then force install of dekstop-integration packages.

  • This worked thank you.
    – Collins C.
    Aug 28, 2019 at 8:35

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