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I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64bit) with Libreoffice removed and Openoffice 4.1.0 installed.

My package system is broken and I can't install or un-install anything until I've fixed the problem. I've searched ask-ubuntu and read many 'solutions' to broken dependencies, none of which seem to help my predicament.

Here is what I did to get into the current impasse.

I tried to install the gnome desktop using "Software Center" but I had not realised the desktop installation also attempted to install Libreoffice. Part way through the installation the process spat out an error and stopped. Using "sudo apt-get install -f" gives the output below.

I would like to fix the dependencies so that I can get rid of the broken Libreoffice installation but I don't know where to start.

sudo apt-get install -f
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  libreoffice-help-en-gb libreoffice-help-en-us libreoffice-l10n-en-gb
  libreoffice-l10n-en-za mythes-en-au mythes-en-us
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libreoffice-common
Suggested packages:
  libreoffice-style-breeze libreoffice-style-crystal
  libreoffice-style-hicontrast libreoffice-style-oxygen libreoffice-style-sifr
  libreoffice-style-tango
The following NEW packages will be installed
  libreoffice-common
0 to upgrade, 1 to newly install, 0 to remove and 24 not to upgrade.
23 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0 B/22.0 MB of archives.
After this operation, 82.3 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 266625 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libreoffice-common_1%3a4.4.3~rc2-0ubuntu1~trusty1_all.deb ...
Unpacking libreoffice-common (1:4.4.3~rc2-0ubuntu1~trusty1) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a4.4.3~rc2-0ubuntu1~trusty1_all.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/bin/soffice', which is also in package openoffice-debian-menus 4.1-9764
rmdir: failed to remove ‘/var/lib/libreoffice/share/prereg/’: No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove ‘/var/lib/libreoffice/share/’: No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove ‘/var/lib/libreoffice/program/’: No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove ‘/var/lib/libreoffice’: No such file or directory
rmdir: failed to remove ‘/var/lib/libreoffice’: No such file or directory
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.2-0ubuntu3) ...
Unknown media type in type 'all/all'
Unknown media type in type 'all/allfiles'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/mms'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/mmst'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/mmsu'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/pnm'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/rtspt'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/rtspu'
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1.1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.1+14.04.20140409-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-icon-theme (3.10.0-0ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a4.4.3~rc2-0ubuntu1~trusty1_all.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

These are the broken dependencies: 
libreoffice-core: Depends: libreoffice-common (> 1:4.4.3~rc2) but it is not installed 
libreoffice-help-en-us: Depends: libreoffice-l10n-en-us but it is a virtual package 
libreoffice-l10n-en-gb: Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not installed 
libreoffice-l10n-en-za: Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not installed –
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Following this thread and do next:

sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/* -vf
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

if required:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall libreoffice

or purge it and install it back with:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
  • I tried your suggestion and it looked promising to start with, then tripped up on the same problem. – Dave D May 25 '15 at 21:39
  • The following packages have unmet dependencies. libreoffice-core : Depends: libreoffice-common (> 1:4.4.3~rc2) but it is not installed libreoffice-help-en-us : Depends: libreoffice-l10n-en-us libreoffice-l10n-en-gb : Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not installed libreoffice-l10n-en-za : Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f. – Dave D May 25 '15 at 21:44
  • Yes I did, same result: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run ‘apt-get -f install’ to correct these. The following packages have unmet dependencies. libreoffice-core : Depends: libreoffice-common (> 1:4.4.3~rc2) but it is not installed libreoffice-help-en-us : Depends: libreoffice-l10n-en-us libreoffice-l10n-en-gb : Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not installed libreoffice-l10n-en-za : Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f – Dave D May 26 '15 at 23:07
  • I did the dist-upgrade and purge and both gave the unmet dependencies error. – Dave D May 26 '15 at 23:14
  • If I try to reinstall I get this Errors were encountered while processing: /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a4.4.3~rc2-0ubuntu1~trusty1_all.deb E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) – Dave D May 26 '15 at 23:14

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