2010-12-06 Installing OpenOffice in a home directory

To install OpenOffice in a home directory on Debian, take the following steps:

Download the tarball with .deb packages from OpenOffice.org

Unpack it in your home directory:

  $ tar xfz OOo_3.2.1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

Change into the directory with the .deb packages:

  $ cd OOO320_m18_native_packed-1_en-US.9502/DEBS

Unpack these to your home directory with:

  $ dpkg -x ~

You'll now have a new subdirectory named 'opt' in your home directory. All executables are in the ~/opt/openoffice.org3/program subdirectory. Add it to your path to easily run OpenOffice, or create custom icons in your Gnome panel (or other favorite desktop environment).