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Old 06-14-2004, 10:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Install OpenOffice post Distro install?

I installed Mandrake 10 a few weeks ago on a little hard drive I had lying around. Now I installed an extra hard drive and want to install Open Office onto the new slave drive. Can I do this from the Mandrake installation disk? I tried installing from a download version of Open Office I have (tarball) but can't seem to get it even think about installing. Any help appreciated.

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Old 06-15-2004, 02:37 AM   #2
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I can think in an unorthodox way to do it, but im not sure is the best solution.
Why you want to do this? are you too limited in space?
How big are your hard drives ?

If I was to dedicate a HDD to openoffice I would create a mount-point at /usr/lib/openoffice for that HDD, then install the software.
But that solution will only hold the bulk of the files but not all, if was forced to have ALL the files or lose my life... LOL... I would be working in hardlinks.
Old 06-15-2004, 03:03 AM   #3
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I'm not too familiar with Mandrake, but I know in RedHat you can use your install CDs. Click on the main menu, then go to System Settings, then Add/Remove Applications. This should give you a list of programs available on the install disks; check the programs you want, then finish. It should ask you to insert the CDs as needed.

As I mentioned, I've done this in RedHat, but not Mandrake so some of these details maybe slightly different. Also, you may be able to boot from one of the install disks, then choose the upgrade option, then choose to install Open Office.

Sorry if this is way off, but better some help than none.
Old 06-15-2004, 04:02 AM   #4
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Sorry if this seems too "basic" or "stupid" somehow, but you did format your new hard drive and "mount" it right? If not, then you need to do that first before trying to install anything that might need to be written on your new hard drive.

Again, sorry if that's insulting but first things first...
Old 06-15-2004, 05:43 AM   #5
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Hello, people-- if /usr is on the / filetree, and the / file tree is on the original drive, then how exactly are you going to convince Oo.o to install to another drive, except for Qucho's suggestion (which I don't know if that's a workable solution, but it's the only possibility).

I would suggest that clearing some space on the old drive would be a better solution, either by mounting the new drive partition to $HOME$ as an "extra" data drive (and moving personal data currently in the user's $HOME$ folder to it), or by moving some section of the / filetree (/home, /usr, /var, /tmp) to the new drive.

Of course, one could also just migrate the installed distro to the new drive in its entirety as well.

But that's just my opinion; how much space are we talking about on the drives in question, anyway, and how are they set up?


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