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Old 05-13-2002, 06:23 PM   #1
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Open Office 1.0

I tried to install Open Office - and things may have gone wrong. When I am looged in as user, if I -ls in console, I get the following flashing highlighted in red -

1 setup@
2 spadmin@
3 soffice@

Oops! What did I do wrong? I thought I was following the instructions at

What do I need to do?
I'm in Mandrake 8.2
Old 05-14-2002, 02:07 AM   #2
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The way I install OO is:
1) su to become root
2) I run installer with /net switch to start network installation
3) during installation I choose to install in /usr/local/OpenOfficexxx where xxx is version number
4) after installation I use exit to stop beeing root
5) I go to OO directory and run setup, choose to install needed files in my home directory (2MB)
6) Then it works.

Which method do you use?
Old 05-14-2002, 02:27 AM   #3
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I believe that in Mandrake a flashing red file name indicates a broken symbolic link.
Old 05-14-2002, 05:39 PM   #4
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Do a ls -l and see where the symlinks are pointing.In your case the symbolic links are in invalid. If you have installed OO 1.0 as described in install guide, then you'll have something like this:

drwxr-xr-x 3 manasb users 112 May 2 16:40 help
drwxr-xr-x 7 manasb users 6408 May 2 16:41 program
lrwxrwxrwx 1 manasb users 44 May 2 16:40 setup -> /home/manasb/OpenOffice.org1.0/program/setup
drwxr-xr-x 15 manasb users 360 May 2 16:40 share
lrwxrwxrwx 1 manasb users 46 May 2 16:40 soffice -> /home/manasb/OpenOffice.org1.0/program/soffice
lrwxrwxrwx 1 manasb users 46 May 2 16:40 spadmin -> /home/manasb/OpenOffice.org1.0/program/soffice
drwxr-xr-x 15 manasb users 360 May 2 16:39 user
manasb/OpenOffice.org1.0> pwd

Just correct the symlinks to point to ~/your OO local install dir/program/soffice , etc.
Please also have a look at for install instruction at
- manas
Old 05-16-2002, 08:32 PM   #5
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If you want my 2 cents, I am still letting OpenOffice mature a bit. I use StarOffice (free download , but not open source )
Old 05-17-2002, 07:52 AM   #6
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Originally posted by sewer_monkey
If you want my 2 cents, I am still letting OpenOffice mature a bit. I use StarOffice (free download , but not open source )
Doesn't the StarOffice 6beta patch expire June 3rd? Or did they release another one?
Old 05-17-2002, 08:18 AM   #7
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Originally posted by jglen490
Doesn't the StarOffice 6beta patch expire June 3rd? Or did they release another one?
My copy expired, but the full release is going to be commercial (i.e. cost money NOOOOOO) and since I am fairly poor I will be moving to OO when I get the hump with 5.2, which will probably be some time as 5.2 is cool and works well.
Old 05-19-2002, 05:22 AM   #8
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OpenOffice is on the mandrake install CD.


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