SOLVED - Updating to LibreOffice 4.2.x

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SOLVED - Updating to LibreOffice 4.2.x

Postby woodsman on Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:40 pm

LMDE, fully updated. I am new to Debian and Mint and am learning the package management system.

I want to stay current with LibreOffice. LMDE has LO 4.1.3 and Debian Testing is only up to LO 4.1.5. On another Linux system I am using LO 4.2.3 and want to run 4.2.3 on my LMDE system. Thereafter I want to stay abreast of the latest LO.

What is the proper way to do this? I have found a handful of how-tos but seems the process is 100% manual. Can the process be automated with the package manager? Hopefully yes and I am just missing the big picture.

Thanks (learning much and fast). :)
Last edited by woodsman on Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Updating to LibreOffice 4.2.x

Postby woodsman on Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:27 pm

I believe I answered my own question. The basic process:

* Do a clean removal of all 4.1.3 LO packages.

* Download the latest LO deb archive:

http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

* Uncompress the archive:

tar -xvfz LibreOffice_4.2.3_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

* Install all deb files:

cd DEBS
dpkg -i *.deb

There are online references to install deb files from a "desktop integration" folder, but the folder no longer exists. The integration files are available in libreoffice4.2-debian-menus_4.2.3-3_all.deb, which is part of the whole archive.

* To install the next version, uninstall all LibreOffice 4.2.3 packages:

apt-get remove --purge libreoffice 4.2*

* Repeat the steps.

Note: the files are installed in /opt rather than /usr/lib.

The process could be scripted to add some nominal automation.

I hope this helps others. :)
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