Lucid office trap

Ioannis Vranos ioannis.vranos at
Thu Sep 15 14:32:22 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at> wrote:
> I got curious about the new LibreOffice, and made the mistake of thinking I
> could just try it on my lucid laptop.  No way -- it wanted to delete
> openoffice, so I did not allow that.
> I guess I wasn't clear in my mind about how synaptic works, and did not know
> I also needed to "unmark all" before I continued tinkering.  Anyway, somehow
> something got installed or updated or such, and synaptic kept finding fault
> with everything I did -- mostly in the form of holding back some parts of
> openoffice that needed to be reinstated. Even with comparing old and new
> results of "dpkg --get-selections" I was not able to find what to remove
> (completely) that would get back to smooth running.  Eventually, after
> removing a few hundred packages with no joy, I threw in the towel and let
> libreoffice take over.
> I don't use the office much now that I'm retired, and I have natty with
> OpenOffice on another machine, so I'm not badly damaged or anything.  I'm
> just ticked off that there's no obvious path back to what I had before.  I'm
> guessing I would have wound up with LO anyway after a time, the way things
> are, so this is just...

Synaptic keeps history of what it does. Check its File->History.

Ioannis Vranos

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