Sunday, November 21, 2004 1.1.3 Packages for FreeBSD 5.3 RELEASE

Back in January I described installing 1.1.0 on FreeBSD 5.2 RELEASE. I used packages from the FreeBSD OpenOffice Porting Team. I am happy to report I installed 1.1.3 on FreeBSD 5.3 RELEASE using packages hosted at

The FreeBSD project does not maintain precompiled packages for (OOo), presumably because it takes too long for the build cluster to create the packages from source. Therefore, one cannot do 'pkg_add -vr openoffice' and expect to download packages from a FreeBSD FTP site.

This means that you usually download the appropriate OOo package from the aforementioned Web site and execute 'pkg add -v OOo_1.1.3_FreeBSD53Intel_install.tbz' . If you are missing a dependency, however, you must add it manually. Consider what happened when I took these actions:

pkg_add -v OOo_1.1.3_FreeBSD53Intel_install.tbz
Requested space: 274391836 bytes, free space: 4726294528 bytes in /var/tmp/instmp.vf16XV
Package 'openoffice-1.1.3' depends on 'freetype2-2.1.7_3' with 'print/freetype2'
- already installed.
Package 'openoffice-1.1.3' depends on 'expat-1.95.8' with 'textproc/expat2' origin.
- already installed.
Package 'openoffice-1.1.3' depends on 'ORBit-0.5.17_2' with 'devel/ORBit' origin.
pkg_add: could not find package ORBit-0.5.17_2 !
pkg_add: 1 package addition(s) failed

Because ORBit was not installed, I added it manually. Then I was able to install the OOo package:

pkg_add -vr ORBit
pkg_add -v OOo_1.1.3_FreeBSD53Intel_install.tbz
extract: Package name is openoffice-1.1.3
extract: CWD to /usr/local
extract: /usr/local/bin/openoffice-1.1.3
extract: /usr/local/bin/openoffice-1.1.3-sagenda
extract: /usr/local/bin/openoffice-1.1.3-scalc
...edited... Build 1.1.3 Personal Install How-To

Written by: Martin Blapp 1.1.3 will soon been installed in

1 User installation

Just type "openoffice" after you have successfully
installed the package. If there is no installed dir in hour homedir, you'll be prompted to
install some files and choose a installed JDK.
The setup installs a "OpenOffice.org1.1.3" folder
in your homedir.

If the setup tells you there is already an installed
version, you may look at the file ".sversionrc" in
your homedir. In this file OpenOffice and StarOffice
have both a line for each version which is installed.
After removing the problematic line you should be able to
install again.

2 Start

There are some wrappers installed for fast startup.
Add "${PREFIX}/bin/" to your PATH and you will be able
to use them.


When done I ran 'openoffice-1.1.3', which invoked a setup program. When it was finished, I was able to start OOo with the same 'openoffice-1.1.3' command.

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