NeoOffice/C Build Instructions

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[edit] Building NeoOffice/C

Note: Until very recently NeoOffice/C was named simply "NeoOffice" (without the "C"). This caused confusion, so in December 2004, the Cocoa version of NeoOffice was renamed to NeoOffice/C. Because of their historical nature, these build instructions continue to refer to the application as "NeoOffice".

Note: though this will generate a program, the stability of the program is questionable at best. If you need to acutally use something, go for a stable release of NeoOffice

[edit] Prerequisites

You need the following things to build NeoOffice on your Mac:

  • A Mac running Mac OS X 10.2 ("Jaguar“) or 10.3 ("Panther“)
  • (Broadband-)Access to the internet (or a good friend with internet-access ;-) )
  • Installed Apple Developer Tools
You should have got a CD with the Apple Developer Tools (Xcode Tools on “Panther“). If not, make a free developer-registration at and download the Developer Tools from there
  • 3 Gigabyte free space on hard disk
  • Ability to work on the command line via Terminal
  • Put it into your /Applications-folder.

[edit] First step: Getting NeoOffice and external sources

  • Open a new Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
  • If you get the sources the first time, please type “sudo mkdir /neooffice“ and enter your password.
  • Enter the following commands:
cd /neooffice
setenv CVSROOT
(If the setenv-command gives you an error, try "export" instead.)
cvs login (Enter the password "anoncvs“)
cvs co NeoOfficeC
cd /neooffice
csh fixperms.csh (Please note: Getting the sources can need dozens of hours at the first time. A source tarball from 2004-02-29, size 226MB, can be downloaded here: )

[edit] Second step: Building NeoOffice

Please type the following commands:

cd /neooffice/config_office
./configure –without-x
cd /neooffice
source MacosxEnv.Set
source MacosxEnv.Set

After making, you get a message about missing gtk, but that's ok. Build is finished then successfully.

[edit] Third step: Assembling the executable

Please type the following commands. If you're asked for a password, use your login-password.

set curr_wd=`pwd`
mkdir /neooffice-setup
cd /neooffice-setup
cp /neooffice/instsetoo/* .
mkdir /neooffice-install

Because the graphical setup doesn't work, we must do the setup via command shell (we use the temporary directory /neooffice-install):

cd /neooffice-setup
./install --prefix=/neooffice-install

The setup-program of NeoOffice doesn't work correctly now. After doing this steps, you must move all files of the installation directory, you've choosed in the setup, into the Contents/Ressources-directory of an "old“ NeoOffice-binary or a "torso“. Please type:

cp -R /neooffice-install/OpenOffice.org1.1.0/* /Applications/ (Enter your password, if you're asked for it.)
cp -R /neooffice/macosx_extras/fixinstallpaths/fix_ooo_installation.bash /Applications/
rm -r /Applications/
cd /Applications/
echo /neooffice-install > oldinstalldir.txt
echo /neooffice-install > origininstalldir.txt
cd $curr_wd
rm -r /neooffice-setup
sudo rm -r /neooffice-install

Open the file /Applications/ with an editor

Change the value of UserInstallation to $SYSUSERCONFIG/Library/Preferences/NeoOffice0.0.1.1

[edit] Your is now ready to test ;-)

[edit] Localization

If you want to localise (using your language) NeoOffice, Make a

  • setenv give_me_all_languages 1

beforde you start making of NeoOffice.

What that will do is create resource files and installation sets for all of the languages. In the "setup" step, instead of using the "01" instsetoo directory, replace it with the two digit code for your language as given in the "Tel-code" column of:

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