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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Latest Openoffice on Fedora

Been a long time since I posted anything. Main reason being that the domain is blocked for the past couple of months from Pakistan. Of course there are solutions to that but I was just being lazy. Anyway back to linux .....

I am running Fedora Core 5 on one of my desktops. One of the problems I always face with these distributions is that I have to rely on the distribution to supply latest version of a specific software in their repository. For example I want to use Openoffice 2.1 but yum will not upgrade since its not there in the repository.

Here is how I installed latest openoffice2.1 manually on my Fedora Core 5 system.
  • Uninstall older version of openoffice like this
#yum remove "openoffice*"
  • Download Openoffice .tar.gz and untar it.
#tar -zxvf OOo_2.1.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US.tar.gz
  • The above will extract everything to a folder namely OOE680_m6_native_packed-1_en-US.9095. Inside this folder there would be a folder named "RPMS". One of the packages in "RPMS" folder is not digitally signed so you need to switch off gpgcheck in file /etc/yum.conf. Open the file with your favorite text editor and change this "gpgcheck=1" to "gpgcheck=0".
  • Now while staying in the "RPMS" folder do this
#yum localinstall openoffice*.rpm

  • Now go to the "desktop-integration" folder which resides in "RPMS" folder and do this
#yum localinstall

  • Switch on gpgcheck in /etc/yum.conf

Thats all!

Next morning when I returned to my desktop, openoffice was downgraded to openoffice 2.0! Well I have yum running as a service which updates my system every night. It seems like yum does not know that openoffice 2.1 is later then 2.0, so it downgraded my openoffice. Anyway I repeated the above procedure and stopped yum from doing anything to my openoffice by adding this line in /etc/yum.conf



  • How about making a script to automate the wholething? Will be of great help.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 7:21 PM  

  • thanks for the post, that helps me to resolve my problem.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 4:39 PM  

  • thanks, no lo he probado but wait funcione, excuse my english is very bad.


    Pero espero de verdad entienda que su Blog me sirvio un montón.

    By Blogger Edwin E., At 8:06 AM  

  • Thanks for the instructions.
    They were helpful.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 2:16 AM  

  • Thanks, your post gave me another idea. My solution has a bit less finese, but faster.

    #yum install openoffice-*

    852 MB with all the dependencies and whatnots

    By Blogger kludge, At 1:55 AM  

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