$ libreoffice --writer 
/usr/bin/libreoffice: 175: exec: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/oosplash: not found  

LibreOffice Writer is not opening on my Ubuntu 16.04.

How can I fix it?

  • Please provide the correct version of Ubuntu. You can get it form lsb_release -a. Also, run libreoffice from terminal and post the output. – Raphael Jul 22 '17 at 16:24
  • @Raphael , Ubuntu version 16.04 , this the message from terminal /usr/bin/libreoffice: 175: exec: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/oosplash: not found – sha Jul 24 '17 at 4:08
  • ** libreoffice --writer /usr/bin/libreoffice: 175: exec: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/oosplash: not found ** – sha Jul 24 '17 at 4:09
  • What are the results of running the command: sudo apt install libreoffice-dbg && libreoffice --writer & ? – karel Jul 24 '17 at 4:56
  • So it won't get closed incorrectly only closed the usual way which will prevent corrupting or changing the user's default empty document that LibreOffice Writer opens with by default. Also voted to reopen this because it is not unclear anymore. – karel Jul 24 '17 at 5:11

Reinstall libreoffice-core.

The error message when you ran libreoffice --writer in a terminal revealed that /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/oosplash is missing. That oosplash executable is provided by the libreoffice-core package. Reinstalling this package should replace the missing file and possibly other missing or damaged files.

sudo apt update
sudo apt --reinstall install libreoffice-core

If that is all that is broken, then this should fix it entirely.

(If not, running libreoffice --writer again may give another error, which should help you troubleshoot further.)

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