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Every time I click LibreOffice in the menu, it returns this error:

Failed to execute command "libreoffice --writer %U".Failed to execute child process "libreoffice" (No such file or directory)

When installing LibreOffice, it returns this error:

The following packages have unmet dependencies: libreoffice-core : Depends: libreoffice-common (> 1:3.4.5) but it is not going to be installed libreoffice-java-common : Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not going to be installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

I tried to run 'apt-get -f' but it doesn't solve the issue. Any one know what to do?

If its worth mentioning, I tried installing open office, when running 'apt-get -f' it says:

dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a3.4.5-0ubuntu1~ppa1_all.deb (--unpack): trying to overwrite '/usr/share/mime/packages/openoffice.org.xml', which is also in package openoffice.org-debian-menus 3.3-9556 No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already

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    Did you try sudo apt-get -f install? What is the error message, or is there none? Jan 19, 2012 at 22:10
  • Here is part of the output of sudo apt-get -f install: 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' Unknown media type in type 'interface/x-winamp-skin' Errors were encountered while processing: /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a3.4.5-0ubuntu1~ppa1_all.deb E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) Jan 19, 2012 at 22:14
  • Are you using kde? Something has become corrupted. Try removing the downloaded packages (sudo apt-get clean , and a sudo apt-get autoclean wouldn't hurt. Then try installing again. If that doesn't work have a look at askubuntu.com/questions/39852/… and askubuntu.com/questions/81263/… Jan 19, 2012 at 22:37
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    Possible duplicate of dpkg error: "trying to overwrite file, which is also in..."
    – karel
    Mar 14, 2019 at 11:37

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Please try to install Libre office downloaded from website. Follow the README files in directories for install. It works very well on my Lucid Desktop and automatically integrates with OS GUI.

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  • Since LibreOffice 3.5 up-to-date and stable LibreOffice versions are available at the LibreOffice ppa: launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ppa please do not recommend to install upstream packages as the better integrated packages from the PPA are now available on the same day. May 20, 2012 at 12:46
  • Well, this post is quite old as You can notice...
    – Misery
    May 21, 2012 at 19:40
  • And still, the problem was with dependencies, so I think that adding another repos wouldn't help anyways. Regards :)
    – Misery
    May 22, 2012 at 6:53
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"openoffice.org-debian-menus" is not a supported Ubuntu package: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+search?text=openoffice.org-debian-menus

You likely installed .deb-files from some third party or PPA and did not cleanly remove those. Do a sudo apt-get purge openoffice.org-debian-menus (and repeat for other leftovers).

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  • ~$ sudo apt-get purge openoffice.org-debian-menus 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 (> 1:3.4.5) but it is not going to be installed libreoffice-java-common : Depends: libreoffice-common but it is not going to be installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution). Jan 20, 2012 at 0:26
  • Your system state seems to be messed up pretty bad. In this case please also remove libreoffice-core (dpkg --remove libreoffice-core) and do the same with any other package apt/dpkg complain about before trying to install again. May 20, 2012 at 12:48

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