Lucid office trap

NoOp glgxg at
Fri Sep 16 03:17:01 UTC 2011

On 09/15/2011 08:49 AM, NoOp 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?
> 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:
> $ sudo apt-get install
> ...

I just tested on lucid (again) and the ppa borks more than the standard
OOo. After you ppa-purge, you also need to purge some additional
libreoffice ppa installed files:


Overall the ppa pretty much F%$^ with the sytem, but if you purge those
& reinstall and then you should be
pretty much back to normal. Then you can install LO directly from the
debs provided by LO.

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