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Old 10-04-2007, 09:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy open office - no suitable windowing system can be found

I am running Fedora 7 with KDE. I installed openoffice.org2.3 from RPMs and everything installed fine but I cannot run any Ooo apps.
If I click on any Ooo app in the KDE menu all I get is the bouncing cursor like it is loading, but it never loads. If I try to run Ooo from a terminal command line, it pauses for a second then says "no suitable windowing system found, exiting."
What's wrong?

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Old 10-05-2007, 08:32 AM   #2
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Sometimes it helps to simply google the exact text of the error message. When I did this I got this, among others.

Here is its actual content:

------------- (OOo) 2.3.0 is incompatible with the SELinux technology activated by default in Fedora 7, Fedora Core 6 (and older) and Red Hat Linux system (and, optionally, in other Linux-based systems): see for more information and current situation.


* If is started from the GUI, it simply doesn't start.
* If is started from the command line, the error message no suitable windowing system found, exiting. is displayed and exists immediately.

The best resolution so far consists in setting the proper security context: execute (as root or with sudo privileges)
# chcon -t textrel_shlib_t
in the program directory in your OOo installation.

A more radical resolution is disabling SELinux altogether (requires root/sudo privileges):

* Command line (as root): # setenforce 0
* GUI: System -> Administration -> Firewall and SELinux -> set "Permissive" mode.

Note that, with the default configuration, SELinux will be restored in "Enforcing" mode upon reboot or instalaltion of a new kernel if you change it via the command-line utility.


If that doesn't do the trick, you might try to google the error message yourself and try some of the other results.
Old 10-18-2007, 02:37 PM   #3
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Smile Open office - no suitable windowing system can be found

I just did the SE Linux set to permissive mode option, and it works a treat.
thanks for the help




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