Appstream data points to libreoffice-common

Bug #1738821 reported by Jonathan Riddell on 2017-12-18
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
libreoffice (Ubuntu)
Olivier Tilloy

Bug Description

Searching for Libreoffice in a software centre which uses Appstream data (most of them) brings up Libreoffice but install libreoffice-common. This is because it contains libreoffice-startcenter.desktop which gets extracted into the DEP-11 data. libreoffice-common doesn't depend on anything useful so the user does not end up with a useful libreoffice install. It would be better to move this libreoffice-startcenter.desktop file into the libreoffice meta package.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) on 2018-03-08
Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :
Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → Olivier Tilloy (osomon)
Tim Passingham (tim-8aw3u04umo) wrote :

Please forgive me, but I am not quite clear whether this bug report suggests that the startcenter desktop should no longer exist or not, or whether it should just be in a different package.

I am a libreoffice user, and like to keep up to date with changes and fixes, and am on:

Build ID: 1:6.0.3~rc1-0ubuntu0.17.10.1
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 4.13; UI render: GL; VCL: gtk2;
Locale: en-GB (en_GB.UTF-8); Calc: grou

Having just updated to this from 6.0.2 I no longer have a startcenter desktop. This is a nuisance, to say the least. I have constructed one for myself, but users surely should not have to do so.

yrogge (yrogge) wrote :

I do totally agree with Tim comment.
The startdesktop is an essential feature of libreoffice suite. For example, it is the best user-friendly interface to choose a template or to open a recent document, using the big preview window.
If it is placed in libreoffice-common or libeoffice meta package is not relevant; it needs to be somewhere.
It was previously in libreoffice-common as does xsltfilter. I don't understand what has changed to justify such discussion.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

This is just mirroring the debian packaging. Perhaps this is a bit drastic, though.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :
Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Confirmed
yrogge (yrogge) wrote :

If you look at libreoffice-common_6.0.3-1_all.deb from, it contains /usr/share/applications/libreofice-startcenter.desktop.
Why is the version on launchpad different ?

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

According to, all that's needed to fix this bug is to add the following entry to libreoffice-startcenter.desktop:


Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

> If you look at libreoffice-common_6.0.3-1_all.deb from
>, it contains
> /usr/share/applications/libreofice-startcenter.desktop.
> Why is the version on launchpad different ?

This change is in the 6.1.0 experimental branch on debian, not in the 6.0 branch.

yrogge (yrogge) wrote :

Thank you Olivier.
Remark #8 seems to be OK.
Hope this correction in next update.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

1:6.0.3-0ubuntu1 is now in bionic, it should have libreoffice-startcenter.desktop back.

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