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(3) Unpack the tarball somewhere. You'll get a bunch of rpm files.
(4) Use rpm2tgz to convert the rpms to Slackware packages.
(5) Use installpkg to install the tgz packages. You probably don't need all the files, but I installed everything except the distro-specific menu packages (e.g., for Suse and Redhat). The program self-installed at /opt/openoffice.org1.9.xxx.
(6) Launch the program as ordinary user from /opt/openoffice.org1.9.xxx/program/soffice. (Or .../swriter, .../scalc, .../simpress, etc.)
This worked well on my Slack Current system. I haven't noticed any interference with my existing OpenOffice 1.1.3 installation.
NOTE: (added 22july05) I've since installed many of the snapshots and previews, up through 1.9.120. The simplified procedure above works fine for the current snapshots.
Thanks, I'll try this. Using rpm packages converted to tgz archives very often brings to me unsolved dependancies. I will probably try this for the fun, but I'm afraid that it will fail. Do you know if it comes with the libraries it requires or will I have to solve dependacy problems? I don't have all of the libraries foer Slack installed.
Originally posted by iZvi Using rpm packages converted to tgz archives very often brings to me unsolved dependancies. I will probably try this for the fun, but I'm afraid that it will fail. Do you know if it comes with the libraries it requires or will I have to solve dependacy problems? I don't have all of the libraries foer Slack installed.
I didn't have any dependency problems, but that may not be the case for others. It could help that I already have OO1.13 installed.
I slightly edited the instructions in the initial post to work with OpenOffice 2 beta candidate, which was just released. The filename is OOo_2.0bc_LinuxIntel_install.tar.gz and is available at http://download.openoffice.org/680/index.html .
I've just downloaed the Beta from OO.o (OOo_2.0beta_LinuxIntel_install.tar.gz), and while it's still a whole pile of RPMs, when I run rpm2tgz on them, I get a whole bunch of empty packages. Anyone else run into this problem?
cavalier, I can't figure out what's going wrong for you. I did a google groups search and did find a couple of posts about empty tgz files being produced by rpm2tgz. Unfortunately, there was no resolution mentioned.
The tgz files rpm2tgz produced for me are very similar in size to the rpms. I cd'd to the RPMS directory that was created when I unpacked the big OOo2 beta tar.gz file. Then I changed the extension of the distro-specific rpms that I didn't want to convert. Then, as user, I did "rpm2tgz *.rpm". It takes a couple of minutes, but it worked fine.
I'd be happy to upload my OOo2 beta tgz files if somebody knows of a host that can accept them. (This assumes that the OOo license permits this; I'm not sure, but I assume it does.)
Originally posted by clawhead I'd be happy to upload my OOo2 beta tgz files if somebody knows of a host that can accept them.
clawhead, I've got my own domain/hosted space. My bandwidth limitations won't let me share them with the world at large, but if you wanted to upload them for me, I'd sure appreciate it. Email me at ==>removed<== and I'll give you the site, userid and password.
UPDATE: Thanks to clawhead, this is no longer a problem. Still not sure why rpm2tgz is such a flop on my machine, but I'm past that with my OO install.
I followed the instructions posted by clawhead, with the exception I used pkgtool to install the tgz files with; and omitted the
# /opt/openoffice.org1.9.xx/program/configimport --spool
# /opt/openoffice.org1.9.xx/program/update-mime-data "openoffice1.9
So far it has worked and I do not have a prevous version of OO installed.
Thanks for taking the time to post those instructions.