Backing up my important files entailed creating copies someplace other than on the hard drive I was going to affect while updating my Open Office suite. Before I go further, let me reassure you that the path we are taking does remove your old Open Office... I clicked on the menu's "Help" item, and from the sub menu clicked on "Check for updates". that is for updating a document within oo Writer, to bring it in line with things it is linked to in external files.... You can also switch the whole document to whatever spellcheck dictionary you want used.) (I was using Firefox for this..These details come from an instance of upgradine from before my 3.1 to 3.2 upgrade, but that upgrade (Oct 2010) went rather like what follows. I think.) oo Writer did a check, and came back with "New update available, click OK to open the download website." Around about this part of the process, you may wonder if Open Office had noticed that you already have an older version installed. which may be relevant to....) A "You have chosen to download..." window came up, with "Open with.." AND "OK" grayed out.That's OK with me because Open Office seems to do a good job of managing itself. At the prompt enter: [email protected]:$ pfexec pkg uninstall openoffice PHASE ACTIONS Removal Phase 4268/5320 Warning - directory var/sadm/pkg/openofficeorg-desktop-integratn not empty - contents preserved in /var/pkg/lost found/var/sadm/pkg/openofficeorg-desktop-integratn-2008-06-25 Warning - directory usr/share/gnome/application-registry not empty - contents preserved in /var/pkg/lost found/usr/share/gnome/application-registry-2008-06-25 Removal Phase 5320/5320 [email protected]:[email protected]:~/Desktop/OOo_2.4.1_Solarisx86_install_w JRE_en-US$ pfexec ./setup -j /usr/bin/java Using /usr/bin/java java version "1.6.0_04" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_04-b12) Java Hot Spot(TM) Client VM (build 10.0-b19, mixed mode, sharing)Running installer /usr/bin/java -DHOME=/export/home/bleonard -jar Java System locale: en_US Root privileges OS: Sun OS Mode: installation Path to packages: /export/home/bleonard/Desktop/OOo_2.4.1_Solarisx86_install_w JRE_en-US/packages/ Complete the installation of Open Office (I just selected all of the defaults).Log out and back in again for the icons to appear in the Applications menu: You are now current with Open Office and I would suspect future update notifications from Open Office will from now on install successfully.You can pause and resume the download by clicking the Pause and Resume buttons.Click Cancel to abort the download and delete the partly downloaded file.While I was confident that the upgrade would go well because of earlier experiences with Open Office, any time you make changes to a computer, you can come out of the attempt with a dead machine. ) (In October, 2010, when I went for an upgrade, I was offered a "GB" (British) version... (And that came with a US dictionary as well as the British dictionary.
I know I have the latest version of Open Office (according to the Package Manager) because the Latest Version column is empty: However, when running an Open Office application, such as Impress, it informs me that there's even a newer version available: So naturally I click the icon to start the download and learn that version 2.4.1 is available: And then click the Download button: Once the download completes, I click the Install button, which first tells me it's going to shut down Open Office 2.4 before installing the update: But here's where things go south, as the update process fails: My guess here is that Open Office is trying to update itself using the traditional SVR4 packaging and doesn't know how to deal with packages installed using the new Image Packaging System (IPS).And remember that Open Office, including oo Base, is free! and saving million$, but still Getting The Job Done. In a nutshell: When I went from a 2.2.1 installation to version 3.0.0, the upgrade went without hassle. And 3.1.0 to 3.2.0) I didn't uninstall my old Open Office first, but during the install of the new version, old program files, etc... An old shortcut which I would not have expected to work DID... in other words it opened the old app in the new Open Office. (My Oracle (previously known as "Sun") Report Builder was out of date...There's more about oo Base in the main index to this material. possibly nothing to do with my upgrade of the underlying Open Office. (A quick test with an old database turned up an interesting anomaly.... But it mostly worked.) There ARE a FEW gotchas, though, which may catch some people. First, I backed up any files that I didn't want to lose, if things went wrong.You may find that the database being shipped with Open Office (ver.2 and higher) delights you as much as it has me. Forget anything you may have heard about Adabas, which came with Star Office, the commercial version of Open Office 1. With most browsers, pressing plus, minus or zero while the control key (ctrl) is held down will change the texts size. I did the 2.x to 3.0 upgrade 28 November 2008, and the 3.0 to 3.1 sometime before 7/09. The latest was on 12 Oct 10, on a Windows XP system, from 3.1.0 to 3.2.0, UK English. A few details from the October 2010 upgrade: My "Start Menu" retained the old "Open Office 3.1" folder, but it was empty.The current Open Office's database, "Base", aka "oo Base", is unrelated. Big organizations, government and civilian, are adopting it as their standard office suite... (Enlarge, reduce, restore to default, respectively.) (This is more fully explained, and there's another tip, at my Power Browsing page.) Page contents © TK Boyd, Sheepdog Software ®, 11/08-11/10. A new folder, "Open Office 3.2" was created with the shortcuts I would need. After I had the new version up and running, I went to "Tools"/ "Extension Manager" and did "Check for Updates".