Getting started with StarOffice under Linux

By Steven Gould, LinuxWorld.com |  Software

For the English language version, download the file: glibc2_01.tar.


  • Start a Bourne shell by typing:

  • /bin/sh


  • Run the executable soprep in the current shell, using:

  • . ./soprep


  • When prompted for the glibc2 installation directory, note that the default attempts to install to /opt/Office50/lib, while the default installation directory for StarOffice (5.1) library files is /opt/Office51/lib. Therefore, be sure to change this default to /opt/Office51/lib.

  • If you do not have write permission to the directory, you could perform a single-user installation of StarOffice. In that case, type in the path to the lib directory in the intended installation directory. If the directory does not already exist, it will be created for you.


  • Important: In spite of any messages that soprep displays, only run gldrinst force if required by the table above. This may damage your system even if glibc-2.0.7 already exists, since the existing glibc-2.0.7 may be incompatible with the version on the CD.

  • Modify LD_LIBRARY_PATH to point to the new libraries:

  • export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/Office51/lib



    You are now ready to begin the installation. However, ensure that you continue the installation in the same terminal shell as the one you just set up.



    Multiuser installation



    Even if you are installing StarOffice primarily for use by a single user on a single machine, performing a multiuser installation is probably worthwhile -- and cleaner from an administrative standpoint. A multiuser installation requires approximately 150 MB of disk space (162.5 MB during installation), plus 2 MB per user.


    To perform a multiuser installation:



    • Change to the directory containing the installation files. On the CD version of StarOffice, this is /cdrom/linux/office51. Run the setup program using the /net command line option:



    cd /cdrom/linux/office51

    ./setup /net



    If you get a segmentation fault at this point, your environment is probably not set up correctly.

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