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Updated Ubuntu gnome 16.04 this week and libreoffice will not run from it's icon or CLI. Since my .deb libreOffice package died, I installed using the libreoffice snap and the snap package works. Now i have two libreoffice packages installed a .deb and a snap. Snap works .deb does not. updated kernal to 4.10.0-35-generic. Would like to use the .deb because the it looks better then the snap. Think my theme wasn't applied to the snap. Snap build : libreoffice-5.3.4.2-snap1 deb build : 1:5.1.6~rc2-0ubuntu1~xenial2

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    What error message do you get runnng libreoffice ? – Panther Sep 25 '17 at 15:11
  • I don't receive any error messages the mouse icon spins and nothing happens. even when ran at cli. Is there log files that would have the errors? – m0ng00se Sep 25 '17 at 18:03
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    went to ~/.config/libreoffice/4/user/uno_packages/cache/log.txt all it had was this. ###### Progress log entry 2017-05-29 16:47:08 ###### ###### Progress log entry 2017-05-30 10:54:57 ###### ###### Progress log entry 2017-06-05 00:22:29 ###### ###### Progress log entry 2017-06-05 11:38:34 ###### ###### Progress log entry 2017-06-08 19:37:52 ###### – m0ng00se Sep 25 '17 at 18:12
  • Maybe a reinstall of the .deb package will fix? – m0ng00se Sep 25 '17 at 18:21
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    apt-get remove --purge libreoffice* apt-get clean apt-get autoremove ------- apt-get install libreoffice reintalled no problem but still wont launch – m0ng00se Sep 25 '17 at 18:46
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Had the same issue with LibreOffice v5.4.1.2. I cleared

  • ~/.config/libreoffice/4/cache/*,
  • ~/.config/libreoffice/4/user/uno_packages/cache/*, and
  • the .lock file

and it works fine for now.

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  • Can a system update corrupt the cache folder? Does the cache directory have any config files? Don't understand how something in the cache folder could prevent libreoffice from starting up and running. – m0ng00se Oct 9 '17 at 3:30
  • @m0ng00se very common situation when new software stops to understand old version cache, or cache become very big or smth like this. For me that helped. – Aleksey Kontsevich Oct 9 '17 at 3:38
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This worked from me,

apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
apt-get clean
apt-get autoremove
apt-get install libreoffice
reboot
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Use the following command:

sudo  apt --fix-broken install

Then, to clean up old packages, use this command:

sudo apt autoremove

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