[Solved] What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

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[Solved] What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

Postby bloker » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:23 pm

Hello, I am sorry if this sounds noobish, but I am new to Linux. I want to install OpenOffice and the documentation tells me I need remove a symlink if there is one. What is a symlink? How do I know I have one? After I input "whereis soffice" the terminal gives me "soffice: /usr/bin/soffice /usr/bin/X11/soffice" I don't know what this means.
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Re: What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:39 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum!

For symlinks, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link
It's just a link that points to the real target.

To install AOO, follow: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux or [Ubuntu] Installing OpenOffice on Debian and Co.

whereis gives you where are located the executables that launch AOO. You don't need to use this.

Please add [Solved] at the beginning of the title in your first post (top of the topic) with the edit button if your issue has been fixed.
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Re: What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

Postby RoryOF » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:12 am

Try
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sudo apt-get purge openoffice*

then install according to the tutorial Hagar indicated.

I don't know what you have done that would require the need for the above command; normally OpenOffice installs over an earlier version with no complaints.
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Re: What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

Postby bloker » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:17 pm

Ok so the tutorial wants me to uninstall Libre Office. And tells me to enter "sudo apt-get purge libreoffice" into the Terminal Emulator, so I do so. But then the emulator tells me:
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Package 'libreoffice' is not installed, so not removed
I know I have Libre Office installed, I installed it through the Ubuntu Software Center. I only installed the writer. How can I remove Libre Office? Thank-you.
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Re: What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

Postby RoryOF » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:20 pm

Use the Software Centre to uninstall either libreoffice or swriter.
 Edit: you forgot the * after libreoffice (libreoffice* (sic)) 
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Re: What is a symlink? Help with installing OpenOffice

Postby bloker » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:37 pm

Thanks I got it installed! I will add solved to the top now!
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