office apps

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Jun 10 05:04:01 UTC 2010

On Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:58:47 -0600, Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:
> With my old OO.o install (from package, not port), I haven't had any
> problems.  The thing even "exports" to PDF without Java.

Same here - I still have a v2 installation on another system that
has been installed by package, and it just works. It was the last
OpenOffice I could install via packages (localized, with dictio-
naries included, without unneeded stuff like KDE, Gnome, CUPS and

> Since then, however, I haven't been able to find a working OO.o binary
> package for FreeBSD, so I haven't upgraded my OO.o version.

I have found packages, but they don't work for me. I do always
get "** (soffice:579): WARNING **: unable to get gail version number",
but well, other things like Java in Firefox, or Acrobat Reader,
also don't work, so I put those aside and will try again in
some weeks. :-)

> > It took about 15 "seconds" of manual count to see an empty window
> > after typing " -nologo".  Hardware is ...
> I'm not sure what you mean by this.  Empty window?

It doesn't show the splash screen. After 27 seconds, I get an
empty word processing document window (Intel P4 2 GHz, 768 MB).

If you need information about command line options, they can
be obtained this way:

% /usr/local/bin/ -help

The -nologo option is explained as "don't show startup screen".

In the usual unpolite way, there doesn't seem to be a man page.
Documentation is stored arbitrarily on the Web. :-)

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