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Old 01-16-2004, 12:36 AM   #1
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I upgraded to Mandrake 9.2 from a Linux Journal DVD. Everything seems fine. As before, would not launch from the K-menu. An item would appear in the task bar, the hourglass would be busy, but then ... nothing.

As there was no immediate need for OOo, I left it alone. I have now downloaded the package from and installed it in /usr/lib/openoffice (is this a good choice?). I have done a network/user workstation install, not a personal install in /home/myHome/.

The menus still won't work, not surprising since they try to run oowrite, oocalc, etc. A search for these files revealed that they were nowhere on the machine.

Executing soffice as user from a terminal window launches the OOo MDI window from which I can create/open documents in the various apps. Executing
which soffice
found it at /usr/bin/soffice, which is in the $PATH, so why doesn't it get called from the menus?

I will probably alter all the menu items so that they call
/usr/bin/soffice -writer
etc., but this offends my sense of elegance, especially as /usr/bin is in the $PATH.

Any ideas, anyone?

I raised this problem before with 9.1 in thread <> but neither of the two suggestions helped.

Platform: Dell Optiplex GX260, Pentium 4 @ 2.4 GHz, 512 Mb RAM, Mandrake 9.2 (upgrade from 9.1, not an installation), KDE

Keywords: apps application applications program programs won't not start starting launch launching open opening hang on abort menu terminal command line openoffice
Old 01-16-2004, 05:22 PM   #2
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from a console, as a normal user, type


Do you get any error message that could give you a hint ?
Old 09-15-2004, 12:01 AM   #3
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Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Macon GA
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0, K2.6.4-13mdk; Knoppix 3.4 K2.6.x; SuSE 9.1; Dyne:Bolic;Fedora Core2 K2.6.5
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I found my problem and fixed by ..... correcting the printer settings. My printers are networked on my SuSE 9.1 system and shared via cups. But the firewall blocked port 631 thus my Mandrake system on this network did not have a real printer.. not one. Now i just click my OpenOffice apps and they launch ... no freezing at all.

Kinda reminds me of the old days with Wordperfect and font/printer drive installation (windows of course, ack!).



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