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Old 03-08-2005, 06:27 PM   #1
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Has anyone got the beta of 2.0 installed on debian?
I downloaded the install package from but its just rpms.
I tried using Alien to convert them but I can't get it to work.
I tried apt-get but that just tries to install version 1.1.2 (even though I have 1.1.3)

Does anyone know an entry to add to the apt-get list or a site where I can download the .debs that'll get me 2.0?

Old 03-08-2005, 09:42 PM   #2
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Just download the file and find a utility called rpm2tgz. Then decompress the tgz files in their apprioate locations.

If the above does not work, you can try to search through
Old 04-04-2005, 10:00 PM   #3
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RE: Running OO2.0 Beta on Debian

Firstly, u use alien to convert to .deb packages, then you have to use 'dpkg -i --force-overwrite *.deb' to install the packages,

Then you need to edit /opt/openoffice1.9.xx/share/config/javavendors.xml - by removing any references to Blackdown Or IBM vendors, after which you will have to run the following postinst commands in /opt/openoffice1.9.xx/program:
* run /opt/openoffice1.9.xx/pkgchk --shared
* then configimport --spool
* then update-mime-data "OpenOffice1.9"

You shouldnt get any error messages when executing these commands (only success messages).

This should leave u with a functional installation, u can execute by running the desired program (scalc etc) from the program directory.

I found these resources at - so don't give me any credit for this solution. However it did work for me!
Old 05-09-2005, 05:04 PM   #4
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Hi I have had some sucess with the help featured on this post but I am unable to finish the remaining last lines. I keep getting errors saying command not found when I try to execute the final instructions.

* run /opt/openoffice1.9.xx/pkgchk --shared
* then configimport --spool
* then update-mime-data "OpenOffice1.9"

How exactly do I get these last few lines to run correctly I have tried doing it through sudo and as normal user. But I am fairly inexperienced in shell and so might be making some fairly obvious mistake.

I am trying to set open office up on ubuntu I figured it would work as it is based on debian packages and I have suceeded with the whole process up to this point.
Old 05-09-2005, 06:03 PM   #5
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Not sure if it will work with a pure Debian install , I am using the Kanotix install (Debian Sid), but you could try klik - point-and-klik software

OO2.0 is on the first page. It is an easy way to see if games,etc will work on your system.

On my cable connection it took a little over 8 minutes to download and open.
Although it is just a preview version.
Old 05-09-2005, 06:15 PM   #6
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Hi thanks for your reply,

I found out that software works as I have found posts on forums on the web saying that they have got OO.o2.0 working. This is apparently the method these people used to get it onto their system.

What I am struggling with is the final stages that I specified in my above post. Quite simply I have done 95% of the leg work to getting the software installed

dl rpms from
converted rpms to .deb using alien
installed .deb files in konsole
modified javavendors.xml to remove references to IBM and Blackdown
Finally I needed to complete the following three steps to finish the install

after which you will have to run the following postinst commands in /opt/openoffice1.9.xx/program:
* run /opt/openoffice1.9.xx/pkgchk --shared
* then configimport --spool
* then update-mime-data "OpenOffice1.9"
I am trying to find out step by step how I can do these last three steps

cheers again


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