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I REALLY need to install OpenOffice because of a specific program that doesn't work with LibreOffice.

I've tried EVERY suggestion of how to install it I found in this and other sites, and no joy.

When I try the tar it always says the files unrecoverable.

Please help me? I need simple and clear instructions, but I don't need to be told to just stick to LibreOffice because that is not an option.

  • "... because of a specific program" Could you tell us what that is? – DK Bose Jun 17 '15 at 14:52
  • What tar you have tried here? The tar file for OpenOffice? – P.-H. Lin Jun 17 '15 at 14:56
  • Please provide the error messages you got. Be more specific as to what you have already tried. E.g. have you done all steps described here: openoffice.org/download/common/instructions.html#linux-deb? Have you verified the download? (e.g. with md5sum) – Bruni Jun 17 '15 at 15:24
  • I followed all the steps in the page you mention and in others, including this same forum. I always get the message that it is not possible to recover the file. or directory not available. – Margarida Jun 17 '15 at 16:23
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  • Remove LibreOffice by typing in terminalsudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*

    • Check your Java version: java -version(To install java Click here)
  • For you(32 bit) type in terminal : wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.0/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz
  • Then type: tar xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz
  • Go to right directory: cd en-US/DEBS/
  • Install OpenOffice: sudo dpkg -i *.deb
  • Integrate with desktop: cd desktop-integration/
  • Install integration: sudo dpkg -i openoffice4.0-debian-menus*.deb
  • Start OpenOffice
  • Thank you SO much! This worked like a charm.... I was beginning to despair! You are a star! – Margarida Jun 18 '15 at 14:19
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First try reinstalling Ubuntu14.04, then use the 'purge' command to eliminate all LibreOffice-files.

Then by the downloaded '....install-deb_sv.tar.gz' file , perform an extraction and you will getting SV-map and sub-map DEBS.

Then unpack the files in DEBS with the Terminal-prog. with cmd 'sudo dpkg -i *.deb' and then the same cmd on the file in the maå 'desktop-integration'.

And then, voila, all AOO-files were created.

It is still curious that the 'normal' way to make the installation may not work for few 32-bit processors...

Hope this helps you..

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