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Old 07-09-2006, 03:32 AM   #1
kalico
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running a setup program


Yes, I've read the other threads. I'm feeling like a complete dork, I just can't figure this out. I am running OpenOffice.org, and getting an error message which states some files are missing, and I need to run setup and repair them. I have been all over the OOo site for how to do this, and I'm not finding anything specifically related to linux (in windoze of course, running setup is a normal thing to do).

The closest thing I've found is something saying to run ./setup -- but that does nothing for me. Where to I run it? If I type that at a command prompt, it says directory not found -- obviously.

I'm really at the end of my rope here....OOo's website isn't exactly easy to navigate, so I've probably missed it there. But I've also searched Google and various Linux forums, and still no help. I'd appreciate any advice you might have! Thanks!
 
Old 07-09-2006, 04:07 AM   #2
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When asking for help, please provide precise details about your problem e.g. What distro you are using and what version of OOo you are trying to install. OpenOffice is usually available in your distros software repositories, so look there first before downloading from OO.org. If you are trying to install OOo from the OO.org site, on an rpm based distro, take a look at this thread.
 
Old 07-09-2006, 09:47 AM   #3
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Thanks reddazz....been there, done that (the post you referred to). That was among the many posts I read trying to figure this out. I was brief in my original post b/c I am really only after one answer: how and where to run this ./setup command. I figured it was a pretty standard thing to do, in terms of the CLI. But I'd also be happy if I could reinstall OOo and get it to work that way....I'll explain more as I explain the problem in more detail.

The rest of the info you asked for: Fedora Core 3, OOo v. 2.0.3. from RPMs on the OOo site. Sorry for leaving so much out, it was 1;30am after a long frustrating day of trying to get this working.

I had already tried yum, and was told there was nothing new. I also did the customary searches to figure out if that was correct, and read that yum still has OOo 1.3, which is what I already had w/ FC3. Everything said to completely uninstall 1.3, and I did that. Then I installed from RPMs.

So I *have* 2.0.3 installed and running fine -- as far as I can tell -- but have run into a snag using one feature File >> Wizards >> Web Page. I have used it several times, actually, and it's wonderful -- but after a few uses, it won't open -- error message says the necessary files are not present and I need to run OOo's setup program, and choose "repair". Of course on Linux you don't just "run setup" like on Windows, so I went looking for help on the OOo forum.....believe me, I searched high and low. There is nothing I could find about how to "run setup" in Linux, except that one post that said to do ./setup -- but no more details. Do I start in a particular directory? or just run every setup file on the whole computer?? As I said, the OOo site is not exactly easy to navigate -- PDF docs over 100 pages long which I have to download and read, or the forum which has not exactly been filled with details on this subject. I finally came here in desperation, read every post I could find, and still nothing.

I suspect this may have something to do with Java....I have read that the JRE or JDK is needed to run these "wizards". But I think mine is working. After some research on that issue, I have added the following to my user's bash_profile:

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre1.5.0_06
export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin

I have also uninstalled and reinstalled the RPMs using --force (because even after uninstall, RPM refused to install, saying everything was already installed.)

Finally, I started looking for a way to install from source, rather than RPMs but I haven't found any details on that either. I have read several forum posts where someone says they finally gave up and did that, and everything worked fine. But the "how to" is sadly missing.

I hope that helps. I *really* need this program and, in particular, for the wizard to run. I don't care if it gets buggy and has to be reinstalled every 100 files the wizard processes...I can live with that. I have a huge batch of .doc files to turn into HTML and PDF. This is the only program I've found that outputs somewhat decent HTML and handles footnotes accurately, so I'm pretty much desperate.

Thanks for any help.....

P.S. reddazz....your KDE screenshot is potentially NSFW -- maybe you should warn folks before they click the link......

Last edited by kalico; 07-09-2006 at 10:51 AM.
 
Old 07-09-2006, 11:01 AM   #4
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OpenOffice 2.x does not have a setup script since the packages consists of either rpms or debs. The setup script you talk about was only available in OOo 1.x. Since you are using Fedora Core 3, you need to uninstall the rpms you installed and then reinstall using the instructions in the link I posted above. I think its quite simple to follow and if you have a problem, post back here. Forcing installation or deinstallation of rpms can result in serious problems, so I don't recommend you do it unless you are very good troubleshooting.
 
Old 07-09-2006, 12:07 PM   #5
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As stated above, I've already done this. I've uninstalled and reinstalled using the rpms downloaded from OOo.

1. Installed OOo from rpms.
2. Worked for a while, then IT TOLD ME TO RUN SETUP AND CHOOSE REPAIR (I know that's from 1.x, but that is the message 2.0.3 gave me!!! So I thought maybe there is something I don't know.....)
3. UNinstalled from rpms (since I could not find any way to run the aforementioned "setup").
4. Attempted re-install from rpms -- but rpm said "can't do it, it's already installed" (um...see step 3).
5. Installed from rpms using --force.
6. Program works but still get error message in wizard saying "run setup...."
7. Feel like I'm in the twilight zone...

The only thing I didn't do from your instructions in the other thread was rm the gnome package first -- so if I need to get rid of that, how do I do so? Uninstall doesn't even remove the thing enough to be able to reinstall, so I'm at a loss.

Thanks for your time reddazz.
 
Old 07-09-2006, 12:37 PM   #6
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Does it say what files are missing ? I'm not sure I'm asking the right question ! :-)
 
Old 07-09-2006, 03:19 PM   #7
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Here is the exact steps and response:

File >> Wizards >> Web Page

(it thinks for a few moments and then....)

"The files required could not be found.
Please start the OpenOffice.org Setup and choose 'Repair'."

Since I am able to save as HTML and export to PDF, I have to think that it's something to do with java, since java controls the wizards, at least some of them, to some degree....or so I've read. But I do have JRE 1.5 installed, and it's in my bash_profile. I've read about this problem on OOo but have not seen a clear resolution anywhere yet.

Thanks for the help.
 
  


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