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Old 11-25-2006, 03:08 PM   #1
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Tried to install OpenOffice but it's nowhere


I tried to install it and it all went fine and no errors happened but (like with allot of stuff I install) it's nowhere to be found.
The same thing happened with Kaffeine and other programs.
I'd like to know what might be wrong?
Thanks for the help in addvance
Danny
 
Old 11-25-2006, 03:21 PM   #2
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How did you install? And what is Vine Linux, do you have a special
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Old 11-25-2006, 03:43 PM   #3
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I used the intructions given at the website to use the command line as I know of no other way to do it....
 
Old 11-25-2006, 04:13 PM   #4
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KDE and some other packages are installed to the /opt (optional packages) directory, therefore you wont be able to start them using the command line unless you type the whole path, e.g. :

Code:
/opt/kde/bin/kaffiene
or unless you put /opt/kde/bin in your PATH.

I installed Open Office from RPM and it's found at :

Code:
/opt/openoffice.org2.0
to start the main Open Office program therefore, I use

Code:
/opt/openoffice.org2.0/program/soffice
hope this helps.
 
Old 11-25-2006, 04:27 PM   #5
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Hey thanks technomeister
That helped!!
Tiss working now but I still don't know why it didn't install strait to the Applications drop down menu????
Thanks for the help
Danny
 
Old 11-25-2006, 04:43 PM   #6
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You don't get the menu's automatically for the same reason - the .desktop files which create the menu entiries are found at
Code:
/opt/openoffice.org2.0/share/xdg/
and the desktop environment doesn't know to look there for them.

You could either add
Code:
/opt/openoffice.org2.0/share/xdg/
to the list of places used to look for .desktop files (i'm not sure how you do that but it should be easy to find with a quick search) Or, copy the .desktop files contained there to a standard place like
Code:
~/.local/share/applications

Last edited by technomeister; 11-25-2006 at 04:44 PM.
 
Old 11-25-2006, 04:49 PM   #7
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Don't copy the .desktop files over; symlink 'em. This way, future upgrades will go OK as the upgraded package puts the new desktop files where it wants them, and the symlink picks it up (at least, it should, if the upgrader takes into account the existence of an older package).
 
Old 11-25-2006, 06:19 PM   #8
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I've just added a new panel that runs the command line for OpenOffice, so all I have to do is click that from now on.
But thanks fror all the suggestions as I'm sure they will help someone else in the same situation later who searches for help.
I have to say that it's been challenging but "going" Linux has been a great decision to make and all the folks here have been great.
Thanks to all you guys (and gals )
Danny
 
  


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