Error regarding OpenOffice running on Ubuntu frequently

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Hi Experts,

I am receiving a fatal error regarding OpenOffice running on my Ubuntu frequently. It says “The application cannot be started. The user interface language cannot be determined”.

What does it mean by user interface language? Should I run a fresh one?

Please help.

Answered By 5 points N/A #148309

Error regarding OpenOffice running on Ubuntu frequently


Hello Victoria

This error can occur because the OpenOffice folder in the user-directory belongs to the root-user. So, there are permission issues which need to be solved. Since, in Ubuntu you don't log in as root by default, so you need to change the permissions on the OpenOffice Folder. This can be done using the Terminal. Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal. Then type the following commands:

sudo chown –reference=. -R
sudo chmod -R 0755

Here, I have assumed that the version of openoffice is 1. You would have to change the version number depending upon the version that you are using.

I hope this helps.

Happy Computing 🙂


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