Installation of StarOffice consists of:
setupprogram as a user
StarOffice is linked with
StarOffice 3.1 *will* work on
Libc 5.3.x. Unfortunately, the setup program requires 5.4.4 or higher. If you have
libc 5.3.x, you might be able to get around this by acquiring a copy of
libc 5.4.4+ and adding it to your LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable before executing the
setup script. I haven't tried this, however, so you're on your own.
If you attempt to run the
setup script on a libc older than 5.4.4, you will get the following error message:
line 1: Syntax error at token 'I' expected declarator; i.e. File ...
To upgrade your libc, FTP to
sunsite.unc.edu and look in the directory
/pub/Linux/GCC for the file
libc-5.4.33.bin.tar.gz (or whatever the latest libc is). Extract the contents of this file in a temporary directory. A new lib/ directory will be created. Su to root and copy the file
libc.so.5.4.33 from this directory to your /lib directory. Now, make the symlink from
libc.5.4.33 with the command:
then run the
ln -sf /lib/libc.so.5.4.33 /lib/libc.so.5
Dr. Romano Giannetti
( firstname.lastname@example.org ) says:
...I want only to add that I could install (like you suggested) StarWriter in a redhat 4.2 system which has a libc5.3, without doing the upgrade.
The exact steps are:
1. get a libc.so.5.4.x. If you have a redhat rpm package (as the one you find in the contrib directory), you can extract the library by going in a scratch directory and doing:
rpm2cpio libc.so.5.4.x-y.rpm | cpio --extract --make-directoriesThe library will appear in ./lib subdirectory
2. move libc.so.5.4.x in your home directory. Then (assuming a sh-like shell):
ln -s libc.so.5.4.x libc.so.5
3. Now you can run setup.
After downloading StarOffice, su or login as root and place the archives in
/usr/local/. Change directory to
/usr/local/ and extract the files. An example command to decompress a gzipped tar file would be:
tar -xzvf filename.tar
Older systems may require you first use the
gzip -d command to unzip the file, then use the
tar -xvf command to untar it.
The files will extract to their locations within the newly created
After you have extracted the StarOffice files as root, you will need to login with your userid. Change directory to
/usr/local/StarOffice-3.1 and execute the
setup program. This program will install non-shared files and symlinks needed for each individual user. The standard installation is recommended. There *could* be problems if you do not accept the default installation path.
StarOffice makes use of environment variables. The files
.sd.sh (formatted for the Bourne Shell) and
.sd.csh (formatted for the C Shell) provide the environment variable settings for StarOffice. These files are located in your home directory.
If you use
bash, edit your
.bashrc and add the line:
After doing this, restart
bash to bring the environment variables into effect.
If you use a different shell, consult that shell's man page for information on sourcing a file.
Phil Reardon (
email@example.com ) says:
" I found a bug in the setup script for StarOffice that came with my Caldera COL standard release. It produces // in a path where there should only be one /. To fix it, remove the first slash from this line:There should be no / before linux-x86."
.sd.csh files set the LANG variable. This causes problems with perl and man. Man will give the error message
" Failed to open the message catalog man on the path NLSPATH="Perl will give the error message
" warning: setlocale(LC_CTYPE, "")..."
.sd.sh file contains a line that sets LANG=us and another that exports a bunch of variables, including LANG. Remove the LANG=us line and remove LANG from the list of variables, and this will be fixed.
.sd.csh file (which is formatted for the c shell), you need to remove the line that says "setenv LANG us".
Thanks to Adam L. Klein (
firstname.lastname@example.org) for informing me of this fix.