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vbmark 11-28-2004 10:09 AM

OpenOffice question
 
When installing Mandrake I let it install office applications. I like OpenOffice but there are some things that I don't need like Impress, Math, or Draw.

How do I remove only those things?

Thanks!

otish1000c 11-28-2004 10:24 AM

in a nutshell, you can't.........

all of those apps are part of the OpenOffice RPM install. you can't remove just bits & pieces of it.

otis

vbmark 11-28-2004 02:44 PM

I thought Linux was all about choice.

jchance 11-28-2004 09:49 PM

One reason for this I bet is for embeded documents and such. It would make sence seeing that is how most office app backends like officexp have to install all the core files anyways for such reasons. MDK probably decided to make it an all encompasing rpm to make sure it all blended seamlessly.

wapcaplet 11-28-2004 09:54 PM

I don't think it's particular to Mandrake; I've never seen an OpenOffice distribution that allowed separation of the components. It's what Microsoft likes to call "integrated."

jonr 11-28-2004 11:32 PM

I believe you CAN in fact get rid of the parts you don't want.

For sure you can do it by uninstalling and then reinstalling OpenOffice.org. It gives you a chance to choose exactly what parts you want. You have to be careful with the checkboxes; they're a bit confusing. But take your time and you can get it exactly how you want it.

And you are supposed to be able to remove components, or add them, by going into the directory called "program" within the main installation directory for OOo, running "./setup" and doing so. However, I just tried as normal user and THAT part of the choice was grayed out. I tried as root and it acted as though I'd never installed the program yet!

It's worth trying this procedure in case I just screwed something up in my installation (which works fine, however). Maybe you will find the option to remove/add not grayed out.

In any case, it only takes about five minutes (or less) to do a total uninstallation/reinstallation of OOo. Then you can pick and choose.

However, be sure to remove the file named .sversionrc in your home directory first. If you fail to remove that file, OOo is apt to get confused during installation.

otish1000c 11-29-2004 06:22 AM

hmmm.........

good thought jonr. i didn't realize you could do that with an MDK RPM install. i know you have the pick & choose options if you install OOo from source. if it does work with no ill effects, that's a nice tip to know about. :)

otis

jonr 11-29-2004 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by otish1000c
hmmm.........

good thought jonr. i didn't realize you could do that with an MDK RPM install. i know you have the pick & choose options if you install OOo from source. if it does work with no ill effects, that's a nice tip to know about. :)

otis

It's definitely supposed to work. My experience is that it's one of those borderline things. In a previous release of OOo on my system (and I stress on my system--I have no way to judge the release itself apart from my setup) the "add/remove" option was NOT grayed out, and I was able to click away to my heart's content--but it never accomplished anything! Specifically, I had installed OOo without the drawing component, thinking I'd never use it; then I found a REALLY useful script written by an advanced user, that I could use to mass-convert files (a facility strangely lacking in the basic OOo makeup). Only the catch was, this script was written to use the drawing component!

So I diligently "added" the drawing component and--my installation was exactly as before. I did this about ten times before giving up.

Finally I reinstalled OOo (I'll give them credit for making installation about as painless as any can be), with EVERYTHING this time, and the script worked. Very useful, too. I use it to transform old (years ago) MS Word and new OOo (xml text) files to plain text, to install on my Palm Tungsten E (which requires another step unrelated to OOo). What was taking me hours now takes a few seconds.

I haven't drawn anything yet, though. :cool:


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