how to try dev builds in Debian and Ubuntu and purge them if needed

H.S. hs.samix at
Mon Apr 6 23:10:01 UTC 2009

H.S. wrote:
> Hello,
> Many times I have tried to play with the dev builds temporarily. The
> installation is usually straightforward, but removal is not. Here are
> steps I follow for all this.
> Download the dev build. Let us assume it is OOO310_dev.tgz and that it
> is downloaded in /tmp
> Extract the download archive:
> $> cd /tmp
> $> tar zxf OOO310_dev.tgz
> The above step usually creates a new directory. Assume that in our
> example, it is called OOO310_dev (don't delete this dir just yet, even
> though it is not really needed after installation, we will use this to
> extract the names of the packages that were installed).
> Next, go in to the DEBS directory in that directory and install the dev
> build using dpkg:
> $> cd OOO310_dev/DEBS
> $> sudo dpkg -i --instdir=/usr/local *.deb
> Here, "--instdir=/usr/local" tells dpkg to install the package in opt
> directory in /usr/local directory. Without this switch, the packages are
> installed in opt directory in / directory (the default). I prefer to
> custom installed packages to go to /usr/local, you may choose
> differently though.
> Next, start openoffice with command
> /usr/local/opt/OOo/openoffice.org3/program/soffice

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