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Re: OOo2 from backports questions

On Wed, 21 Jun 2006 17:28:59 -0700
Marc Shapiro <mshapiro_42@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I am running Sarge and Debian stock kernel 2.6.8-k7.  I had been
> using OOo2 from OO.org, but it recently started giving me trouble
> when trying to save files.  I had not done any upgrades, so there
> should not have been any difference.  I took this as a sign that it
> was time to switch to the backports version.  I uninstalled all
> openoffice* packages listed by 'dpkg-l | grep openoffice' and tried
> to install with:
>     sudo apt-get -u -t sarge-backports install openoffice.org 
> openoffice.org-help-en
> This said that it could not install openoffice.org because it
> depended on all of its components, and none of them were to be
> installed, so I changed my command to install the backports version
> with:
> sudo apt-get -u -t sarge-backports install openoffice.org-core 
> openoffice.org-writer openoffice.org-calc openoffice.org-impress 
> openoffice.org-draw openoffice.org-math openoffice.org-base 
> openoffice.org-help-en
> but it said that openoffice.org-core conflicted with 
> openoffice.org-help-en.  I removed the help package from the list and 
> the install went just fine, except... I have no help files.  I had
> asked about this on the list, previously, and was told that the
> backports version DOES contain the help files.  What package are they
> in. Openoffice is just too large a package not to have its help files 
> available.  If I can't get them installed I will have to go back to
> the upstream packages.

They are lurking here:


You should add the "contrib" section to the relevant line
in /etc/apt/sources.list.

> BTW, trying to install openoffice.org-help-en-us-2.0.1 (as the
> earlier install of the base package suggested) also fails with the
> following error:
> ~$ sudo apt-get -u -t sarge-backports install 
> openoffice.org-help-en-us-2.0.1
> Reading Package Lists... Done
> Building Dependency Tree... Done
> Package openoffice.org-help-en-us-2.0.1 is not available, but is 
> referred to by another package.
> This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
> is only available from another source
> E: Package openoffice.org-help-en-us-2.0.1 has no installation
> candidate
> Also, when I start openoffice with the ooffice command it says:
> ~$ ooffice
> javaldx: Could not find a Java Runtime Environment!


In the Etch version of OOo, you can manually add a JRE using Tools ->
Options -> OpenOffice.org -> Java.



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