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LibreOffice 5

Postby jlschwartz » 16 Dec 2015 22:00

I downloaded LibreOffice 5 which comes in as a series of .deb files compressed in a tar file. It opens in file manager but I have not been able to determine how to install it. Can you advise how this works? Thanks for your help.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby ilu » 16 Dec 2015 22:17

Generally speaking you should never install something from deb files unless there are serious reasons to do so. And if you do, you should be comfortable enough with the terminal to know how to do it.

Everything should be installed from the software repositories with the package manager of your choice, which would be f.e. synaptic or the softwaremanager. If the package in the repo seems too old you should still stick to it - except if you really need some function which only the newer package has. In that case you will use something called "backports repo". For LibreOffice this can easily be reached by starting SolydXK-Welcome (the 4th screen has LO and I think it's v.5).

Downloading and installing something from a website is a MS-habit. One of the reasons why Linux is so secure and stable is that most users (means all except the geeks) get everything they need from the official repos. No viruses, no instabilities that way, everything is checked.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby kurotsugi » 17 Dec 2015 04:49

You can use 'dpkg -i /path/to/file' to install it. Don't forget to run 'apt-get -f install' to fix dependency issue.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 17 Dec 2015 06:50

First of all: welcome to our forum, jlschwartz!

I agree with ilu: either start the Welcome page, 4th screen and install Libre Office or open a terminal and run:

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sudo apt-get install -t jessie-backports libreoffice


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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby jlschwartz » 18 Dec 2015 16:48

Thank you for your help.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby lufilte » 06 Jan 2017 00:21

well second time welcome app doesn't install libreoffice in backports

did give command in terminal.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby srq2625 » 06 Jan 2017 13:16

As indicated above, unless there's something really, really special in the version downloaded from the software publishers it is better to install from one of the SolydXK repositories. There are two good reasons to favor the repos:
  1. You can be sure of the security of the software - you can KNOW that you are not installing malicious code.
  2. The application will be updated auto-magically when you use the Update Manager to update your system. Installing from downloaded deb files puts that burden on you.
All that having been said, to install LibreOffice:
  1. Create (or empty) a folder into which you will unpack the tar file
  2. Unpack the tar file, putting all the deb files into the above referenced folder
  3. Run the command:

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    sudo dpkg -i /path/to/unpacked/deb_files/*.deb
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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby kurotsugi » 06 Jan 2017 21:32

sometimes you also need to run these commands too

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sudo apt-get -f install
and to ensure everything is fine,

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sudo dpkg --configure -a
there are more reason to use the repo instead of external packages:
3. sometimes you can't install it. it will show errors and simply uninstallable.
4. it might broke your system. especially if you're an enthusiast user.
5. it makes system update more complicated. when stretch got released you can't directly update your system. you need to uninstall these external packages before updating your system.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby behrami » 16 Jan 2017 12:23

I wouldn't install something from a deb file.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby patzy » 17 Jan 2017 01:00

behrami wrote:I wouldn't install something from a deb file.
Sometimes a program or the particular version of a program I want is not in the Solyd repos.

I go for the files marked 'deb all' if they are available. So far it has caused no trouble.
If it ever does I can always remove it and/or reinstall the old one.

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Re: LibreOffice 5

Postby behrami » 23 Jan 2017 13:31

patzy wrote:
behrami wrote:I wouldn't install something from a deb file.
Sometimes a program or the particular version of a program I want is not in the Solyd repos.

I go for the files marked 'deb all' if they are available. So far it has caused no trouble.
If it ever does I can always remove it and/or reinstall the old one.
Fair enough. Maybe I'm just a bit old fashioned:)


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