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Old 04-12-2006, 09:07 PM   #1
davsnotn
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Openoffice 2.0.2 doesn't start on RHEL 4


I have the following system:

DEll 380 Work Station
RHEL 4
Gnome desktop

I installed Openoffice 2.0.2. When I select one of the Openoffice components, nothing happens. No error messages, nothing. Since I'm new to RHEL, I followed the instructions at Openoffice.org carefully, at least I think I did. Openoffice 1.1.2 ran Ok.
 
Old 04-12-2006, 11:01 PM   #2
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Run the command "ooffice" (or "soffice" on some systems) from the command line and post the output.
 
Old 04-13-2006, 07:30 AM   #3
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Ok. I opened a terminal window and navigated to the soffice directory. I type in:
./soffice
Nothing happens and I don't get a prompt afterwards. So, I restart the terminal window and type in:
./soffice.bin
soffice loads and I can start the writer from within soffice. But, I can't start swriter from the terminal. There is not an swriter.bin either. Here is some additional info from my launcher, which doesn't work either
Launcher Properties:
> command: openoffice.org -2.0 -writer %U
 
Old 04-13-2006, 09:03 AM   #4
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So, I restart the terminal window
Tip: No need to restart the terminal--just do ctrl-Z to get it to stop whatever it was trying to do.

How about permissions? Do you have execute permissions on all the relevant files?

Also, OOo is kind of slow and lazy....It takes several seconds to do anything noticeable when you start one of the startup scripts. a little disconcerting until you get used to it. Wait maybe 10-15 seconds before concluding that nothing is happening.
 
Old 04-13-2006, 10:29 AM   #5
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My permissions are set to executable. In order for me to get Openoffice to work, I have to type in:

soffice.bin -swriter

The launcher icon doesn't work. I can't even edit the launcher properties to change it since it's greyed out. What does "openoffice.org -2.0 -writer %U" mean in the launcher properties? How can I modify the launcher properties? Many thanks.
 
Old 04-13-2006, 10:49 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pixellany
Tip: No need to restart the terminal--just do ctrl-Z to get it to stop whatever it was trying to do.
ctrl-z will suspend the foreground process, returning control to the shell. It won't stop it, in the sense of terminating it. The way to kill the suspended process is to use the "jobs" command to see what is still hanging around (running or stopped in the background) and use "kill %n", where n=job number.

Peace...
 
Old 04-13-2006, 03:53 PM   #7
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To find out where swriter is located do
Code:
#find / -name swriter
If you installed from the OOo rpms, then it should be found at /opt/openoffice.org2.0/program/swriter.
 
Old 04-13-2006, 09:47 PM   #8
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Thankyou. I was able to locate swriter. How can I modify the launcher properties to put in the correct command? Everything is grey'ed out.
 
  


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