When I type

$ sudo apt-get install libreoffice<tab>

I see there are 141 tab completions. All the language packs are there as well as several support packages.

But libreoffice itself is absent.

Recently the LibreOffice package has been added to the Debian 7 (Wheezy) repository.

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    Are you sure you want to do this? It runs slow on my Atom PC. Sep 5, 2012 at 6:25
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    @AlexChamberlain, Well I am not planning to use it every day. Just thought it would be handy to be able to edit a file occasionally Sep 5, 2012 at 6:28
  • packages.debian.org/wheezy/armhf/libreoffice/download Seems to be there. Sounds odd that there would be a build problem that would make just that disappear from raspbian.
    – XTL
    Sep 5, 2012 at 7:28
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    It sounds like a Raspbian bug. Sep 5, 2012 at 8:12
  • Depending on your requirements for "editing a file" there might be better options. If you just need text files then gedit would be fine. If you need more rich document editing capabilities, then Abiword might be worth looking into. I haven't used it much myself, but it doesn support the OpenOffice document format.
    – Kibbee
    Sep 5, 2012 at 12:49

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On Debian Wheezy, libreoffice is a meta-package, which installs the following packages:

  • libreoffice-writer: Word processor
  • libreoffice-calc: Spreadsheet
  • libreoffice-impress: Presentation
  • libreoffice-draw: Drawing
  • libreoffice-base: Database
  • libreoffice-math: Equation editor
  • libreoffice-filter-mobiledev: Mobile Devices filters

Therefore, you can install the equivalent by running

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-writer libreoffice-calc libreoffice-impress libreoffice-draw libreoffice-base libreoffice-math libreoffice-filter-mobiledev
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    Aha. I had to apt-get update even to install libreoffice-writer and noticed that libreoffice is also installable now. Sep 25, 2012 at 13:48

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