[xubuntu-users] *ABSOLUTE* beginners / Libre Office

Rog linux.rog at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 21:42:19 UTC 2013


You say you downloaded Libre Office. Usually, one installs using the ubuntu 
software center, accessed from the chooser icon on the far upper left of the 
desktop, in the little bar across the top called a "panel" (there's some vocab 
for you).

I've kinda lost track of where you are. I sort of remember that someone 
suggested uninstalling and re-installing Libre. Did you do that?

I also note: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LibreOffice

To capture errors during uninstall and install, I suggest taking the alternate 
route, going to the command line, and using apt (ref: 
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-apt-get.en.html). The ubuntu 
software installer just interposes a GUI between you and the CLI.

In my experience, it takes patience to solve problems. Here's what I suggest:

Open a terminal window and stretch it out (with "handles" on the corner of the 
terminal window).
You'll use
which is required to execute commands that require root-level authority, 
needed for installation / remove.

Having a big window helps view errors if they pop up. You can copy and paste 
them into your email program by dragging to select and then right-click and 
copy. In the email (or other application), ctrl-v (control-v) to paste. Use 
this to capture error messages send it back to me with a cc to the list if you 

Next, the objective is to have a "clean" system and start at the beginning.

Now, execute these commands. If you get an error at any step, stop and send it 
for interpretation.sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get autoclean
    sudo apt-get remove libreoffice
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice

I use libre office in this example but if you only need writer or calc, then 
less space would be needed.

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