Lucid office trap

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Thu Sep 15 20:27:22 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:

> On 09/15/2011 07:12 AM, Kevin O'Gorman 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.
> If you installed LibreOffice via Synaptic in Lucid, then you did so from
> a ppa... right?
> Yes.  Of course.

> The easiest way for you to revert to the default OOo on 10.04 is
> to purge the ppa.
> 1. Enable backports via Synaptic:
> System|Administration|Synaptic...|Settings|Repositories|Updates|tick
> 'Unsupported updates (lucid-backports)|Close. Then click the 'Reload'
> button & in 'Quick Search' enter: ppa-purge. Install it & exit Synaptic.
> 2. Purge the PPA:
> $ sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa
> [or the name of the ppa where you got libreoffice from]
> That should purge the ppa & reinstall your original Ubuntu OOo.
> Now install the remainder of (note: Ubuntu leaves out key
> portions in it's basic install:
Well, I have a set of old selections lists, so I should be able to figure
what portions I used to have.

> $ sudo apt-get install

Thanks.  This looks workable, but I'll wait a bit
  1. As long as I have LO loaded I'll try it for a while.
  2. I might like it well enough to keep LO.
  3. I'll avoid synaptic dependency hell, or the threat of it, as long as
Kevin O'Gorman, PhD
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