Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Libreoffice hanging in headless mode unless using root user

A simple 'libreoffice --headless --help' hanging? Be sure ~/.config exists and its content is owned by the current user:
mkdir -p ~/.config
chown -R `logname`:`logname` ~/.config
The above did not work in Ubuntu 12.04 which runs version 3.5. However you can install in 12.04 the same version run in 14.04:
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice && libreoffice --version
In our case there were zillions of these processes stuck in the background BTW so we had to kill them manually:
pkill libreoffice
pkill oosplash
pkill soffice.bin

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