OpenOffice Associations

Unlike the approach that Brian used, I have decided to stick with OpenOffice version 2.4, which I was able to easily install as Brian described in the first part of his blog entry.

After the install, though, I noticed a problem.  No associations had been setup between the OpenOffice file types and the OpenOffice binary that had just been installed.  There is a bug filed for this, so hopefully it will be fixed in a future release. 

In the mean time, there is an easy workaround.  For example, if I right-click an .ods file on my OpenSolaris desktop, I will see this context menu:

I select Open With Other Application and one of the applications listed is OpenOffice.org 2.4 Calc. After I select it, the spreadsheet opens and in the future I can just double-click .ods files and they will be opened automatically.

Note, however, that this does not help me with Thunderbird.  If someone sends me an .ods file as an attachment, I will not be able to automatically open it from within Thunderbird.  I get this dialog box:

The fix here is simple: Click the Browse button and then navigate to /usr/bin and select soffice. Check the "Do this automatically" option in order to have Thunderbird always use OpenOffice to open .ods files.

Comments:

I also had to do the same thing for opening .jnlp files.

The uses should not be required to do this; it should have been done at the OOo and Java web start packaging level.

Hope someone will pay attention to this.

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on July 08, 2008 at 12:15 AM GMT #

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