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Thread: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

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    openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    If I try to open any openoffice application as a 'normal' user, the following message appears:

    [Java framework] Error in function createSettingsDocument (elements.cxx).javaldx failed!
    [Java framework] Error in function createSettingsDocument (elements.cxx).

    (if opened in terminal)

    or

    the application cannot be started. The language of the user interface cannot be determined

    (through menu and terminal)

    It works fine when typing 'sudo openoffice' or when opening a file through a root-file manager.

    re-install did not bring any change.

    Any help appreciated!

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    Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    Try to rename your OOo user profile (~/.openoffice.org2), OOo will create a new one.
    Ubuntu user # 14396

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    Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    Excellent advise
    Cheers mate!!!

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    Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    I'm having a similar problem. After a reinstall of Evolution that caused some problems with Open Office, my Open Office 2.4 won't start from the gnome menu or by clicking an oo file. It does start when I start swriter from a prompt, not begin root. I have deleted my user profile, with no effect. Anything else I can try? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    Same as above. Evolution changed (I guess from an update) recently so I can not view the list of recent messages and the selected one on the same page. I'm now back with Thunderbird (haven't used since windows days). I decided to remove Evolution and now I can't start open office. Thanks for the tip "sudo openoffice" at least I'm in business. I can't believe OO doesn't have all its own dependences.

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    Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    Today's updates has included a fix so that Open Office starts and works fine. Thanks guys.

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    Wink Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    Quote Originally Posted by Pandyman View Post
    Today's updates has included a fix so that Open Office starts and works fine. Thanks guys.
    I still had this problem today.
    My pofile was locked and owned by root !?!
    - renamed profile
    - ooffice -writer %U
    --> /home/bobromeo/%U does not exist
    - ooffice -writer
    --> works fine

    Recap:
    - see if you own your profile
    - lose the %U parameter with ooffice commands and in menus
    <-- This problem only occurs when teh 'supervisor' is using ooffice.
    Last edited by bobromeo; September 24th, 2008 at 11:13 AM. Reason: New insight
    UbuntuStudio 10.4

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    Question Re: openoffice 2.4 won't open unless as root

    When I log in as another user I don't have these problems.
    Even the %U in the menus is not a problem ?!?
    UbuntuStudio 10.4

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