2013-10-12

LibreOffice v4.1.* and Ubuntu 12.04 Unity-Integration

As I use Ubuntu on my productive work+private machine, I prefer to use stable versions - so I switched to use LTS versions only. However, for LibreOffice I have enabled the LibreOffice repository using

# Adding repository for getting most current LibreOffice # (taken from https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LibreOffice) add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/ppa
 That slurps the current LibreOffice release into my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS stream of updates (the poor Windows users don't have an idea of such a comfort).

The reason for this was mainly to get the latest additions for Microsoft Office formats support (Microsoft is still good in their attempt to squeeze people into staying with MS Office).

Unfortunately with LibreOffice v4.1.* a unity-related problem (users of other flavors of Ubuntu can stop reading here) was introduced that has not been addressed yet by the Ubuntu folks - at least not for 12.04 LTS:

When opening several documents in Writer, Calc etc the windows are not grouped to a single Unity icon.

As you might know from earlier posts I like the Unity desktop very much (and it also has become very stable) and so I am very glad for the workaround that has been posted to the according bug report at https://bugs.launchpad.net/bamf/+bug/1026426 (comment #166 by Marco Trevisan) which is just one command in the terminal window:
sudo sed '/StartupWMClas
s=.*/d' -i /usr/share/applications/libreoffice-*.desktop
(all one line).

Problem solved, thank you very much, Marco!

Related posts: Open Office and Libre Office starts slow, Normal.dot in OpenOffice or LibreOffice, Default Paper Size in Open Office.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

My name is David, from Venezuela...

Through this post, i have solved this issue in my ubuntu...

Thank you and thanks so much to Marco... :)

mallangi tarun kumar reddy said...

Nice post!!