FAQ for OO.oX11 2.0

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Current OpenOffice.org (3.0 and higher) does not use X11

This is a FAQ (frequently Asked Questions) for OpenOffice.org X11 2.0 (OO.oX11 2.0). The official site for this program is: http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/

A living online version of this document can be found here: http://neowiki.neooffice.org/index.php?title=FAQ_for_OO.oX11_2.0


[edit] What is X11?

X11 is a windowing system for Unix or Linux based systems. Basically it provides the means to display a GUI rather than just simple command line information. Mac OS X does not use this for its GUI, but has the ability to run X11. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X11 and here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/x11/

[edit] Where do I get it?

X11 can be found on both of the 10.3 "Panther" and 10.4 "Tiger" install disks. The program is about 40 megs in size and will install in your Utilities folder inside your Applications folder. If you are running 10.3 "Panther", you may also download and install X11 from here: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/x11formacosx.html

[edit] What do I do with it?

X11 doesn’t do much by itself. What it does do is let you run programs (Linux or Unix based, mostly) that do not use the native OS X system. OpenOffice.org is an example of this, which runs on the Mac using X11. There are others, such as GIMP (a photoshop-esque program) and Scribus (a Quark-like program) which use this as well.

[edit] How to Install OpenOffice.org X11 2.0

Installation with version 2.0 is simpler now. Download the file from OpenOffice.org (http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/index.html). Mount the .dmg file (by double clicking on it) and inside will be a .app file. Simply drag this to your Applications folder and OpenOffice.org is installed.

[edit] Can OpenOffice.org and NeoOffice coexist smoothly on the same system?

This paragraph, when edited, will answer the above question. If there is a preferred order of installation (NeoOffice first, OpenOffice.org first), this information will be included here as well. This information is useful because many users already do have one or the other installed, and need to know whether to uninstall the existing one before installing the other.

[edit] I Double Clicked the .app file, it bounced in the dock a few times and went away

This happens when X11 does not start. This can happen for two reasons. You do not have X11 installed, or the .app file is not functioning correctly.

[edit] X11 installed?

To check to see if X11 is installed, look in the Utilities folder inside of your Applications folder. If there is a program called X11, run it to make sure it works. You should see a window called Xterm pop up. If it is not there, you will need to install it (instructions for this found elsewhere in this FAQ).

[edit] Yes, X11 is installed.

X11 is installed, but still, only bouncing in the dock. This is not the intended behavior, and should be reported to the users at openoffice dot org mailinglist. To get the program to run anyway, try starting X11 first, then double clicking the .app file. Also you can try the following command in the Xterm window (this command assumes you have installed the .app file into your Applications folder):

/Applications/OpenOffice.org\ 2.0.app/contents/openoffice.org/program/soffice

[edit] Ok, still nothing

If X11 is installed and the program does not run, please report this to the users at openoffice dot org mailinglist. You should report your OS X version (10.3.6, for example), mention that you confirmed X11 installation (by running it and seeing the Xterm). They may ask for more information.

[edit] Why did my .app file get so big after I ran it for the first time?

Fonts. See, as an X11 program, OpenOffice.org does not have access to all of your system fonts. There is a program called Fondu which will translate those fonts into a form that can be used by X11. There are scripts built into the .app bundle that OpenOffice.org X11 2.0RC3 comes in that will run fondu if it is installed. If you have installed the 1.1.2 version of OpenOffice.org X11, then you have fondu already (it was apart of that installer). Otherwise you have to install in manually. When you run this application, it will translate fonts via Fondu for you and store them in the .app bundle. If you have a lot of fonts, this will slow down boot up time for OpenOffice.org as well as make the bundle very large.

[edit] When I open the program, it is just a blank gray window

OpenOffice.org opens into just the program. To start a new document, click on the 'new' icon and select which type of document.

[edit] How do I back-up my preferences?

Preferences are stored in Library/Application Support/OpenOffice.org 2.0 -folder of the user directory. To back them up, open up Finder and do the following tasks:

 Go to your home folder (i.e. the house icon)
 Go to "Library" -folder
 Go to "Application Support" -folder
 Select "OpenOffice.org 2.0" -folder, copy (Command-c) and paste (Command-v) it.

You now have a backup of the preferences, called: "OpenOffice.org 2.0 copy" in the "Application Support" -folder.

[edit] How do I uninstall this program?

Move the OpenOffice2.app to the trash can. Empty the trash can. This deletes the application but does not delete the user's preferences. To do this, open Finder and:

 Go to your home folder (i.e. the house icon)
 Go to "Library" -folder
 Go to "Application Support" -folder
 Select "OpenOffice.org 2.0" -folder, and move it to Trash can (Command-backspace).

This must be done for each user that has run OpenOffice 2.

[edit] Finding Help

For using the program: http://ooodocs.org is a good place to find general information about using OpenOffice.org programs.

Tips and Tricks to using OpenOffice.org on the Mac can be found on the NeoWiki, http://neowiki.neooffice.org

A team of volunteers works at http://trinity.neooffice.org - however none of the developers of the X11 version do. See "How To report Bugs or software issues"

[edit] How to report bugs or software issues

Bugs and software issues should be filed in the OpenOffice.org IssueZilla against the Mac OS X porting project. Issue Writing Guidelines can be found here.

[edit] What do all those parts of the name of OpenOffice.org X11 2.0RC3 mean?

The main program is called OpenOffice.org. This refers to the suite of programs that include writer, calc and presentation. X11 refers to the platform. OpenOffice.org X11 is the version of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X. It uses X11 to run. The end, 2.0RC3 is the version number. This is the third (3) release candidate (RC) of the 2.0 version of OpenOffice.org for X11.

[edit] Copyright

This document copyrighted under a Creative Commons license. Portions pulled from the NeoWiki, http://neowiki.neooffice.org as well as the Trinity forums. Please read here for more details: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/

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