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November 23rd, 2012, 11:04 AM
Yesterday was a major update to LibreOffice on Ubuntu 12.10. After that update, I am no longer able to start LibreOffice at all.

Any idea what I could do?

Many Thanks,

November 23rd, 2012, 02:37 PM
You can start libreoffice in a terminal with "loffice" or writer with "lowriter". That should give any error message.

And what version? Is this an update from a PPA? If so, there was a prolem with the install of v. 1.4 from a PPA that required a force-overwrite to solve.

November 23rd, 2012, 05:46 PM
ah thanks, It something with java:

[Java framework] Error in function createSettingsDocument (elements.cxx).
javaldx failed!
Warning: failed to read path from javaldx
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'com::sun::star::uno::RuntimeException'

I dont use libre office from any ppa. The one that comes with ubuntu 12.10.

I am using latest Java over webupdate8 ppa though

November 23rd, 2012, 05:57 PM
Revert java to stock version and test then.


November 27th, 2012, 10:38 AM
Revert java to stock version and test then.


I don't think the latest Java is the problem. I have used it all the time instead of the OpenJava and it worked. Only until the latest update of LibreOffice that am getting this problem.

November 27th, 2012, 11:53 AM
L-O is very widely used. If there is no bug report on Launchpad (I have'nt looked) I would suspect a local problem on your side. You can try
L-O from a devs PPA, now at v. 4 alpha.


Hagar Delest
November 29th, 2012, 09:39 PM
You can also try to install from the .debs of their websites and/or install Apache OpenOffice. Installing with the .debs directly allows the installation of both applications. See [Ubuntu] Installing OOo on Debian and Co. (http://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=68)

December 1st, 2012, 02:40 PM

I downloaded the latest Deb version from their website. Uninstalled everything and installed theirs as the readme instructions.

It all worked, however I still cant start it. It doesn't find my java.

Bit java is installed:

java version "1.7.0_09"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_09-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.5-b02, mixed mode)

What could have gone wrong?

So if I choose the icons from dash and run it, it fails and sends a crash report to Ubuntu.

And I can't run it from terminal neither:

/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice: 181: exec: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/oosplash: not found

because of the uninstall and new install. darn, please don;t tell me I have to reinstall Ubuntu :|

December 1st, 2012, 03:01 PM
The .deb from LibreOffice.org installs LibreOffice to a different directory. I don't know where it is though, so just launch it from the Dash.

About the Java problem, try removing ~/.config/libreoffice completely, and launch again.

Hagar Delest
December 1st, 2012, 08:35 PM
When installed from the debs, it's located in /opt.

Try to reset your OpenOffice user profile (http://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?p=58403#p58403).

December 4th, 2012, 02:21 AM
About the Java problem, try removing ~/.config/libreoffice completely, and launch again.

Hey that worked. Many thanks. At least I can start them from Dash again.