openoffice does not start from command line

Bug #112382 reported by Ville Kyrki on 2007-05-04
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint:

After upgrading edgy to feisty, openoffice fails to start from command line even though
it is installed.
$ openoffice
The program 'openoffice' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install
bash: openoffice: command not found

This is because "openoffice" is a symlink to nonexisting ooo-wrapper
$ ls -l /usr/bin/openoffice
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 11 2007-05-04 16:54 /usr/bin/openoffice -> ooo-wrapper
$ ls -l /usr/bin/ooo-wrapper
ls: /usr/bin/ooo-wrapper: No such file or directory

According to, "ooo-wrapper" can be found in edgy but not in feisty.

The same problem is known to exist on another computer administered by another user.

Openoffice "core module" can be started from command line as "soffice".
Also the individual programs (e.g. oowriter) work from command line.

Matthew Caron (matt-mattcaron) wrote :

I have this problem as well.

Workaround - type:


Ralph Janke (txwikinger) wrote :

I can confirm the 'dangling' link.

Changed in
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Changed in
importance: Undecided → Low
Chris Cheney (ccheney) on 2007-11-16
Changed in
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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