[CentOS] Problem when opening files after installing OpenOffice 3.1 on CentOS 5.4

Digvijay Patankar dbpatankar at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 01:23:09 UTC 2009

On 11/10/2009 06:06 AM, fred smith wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 09:40:01PM +0100, Mathieu Baudier wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have installed OpenOffice 3.1 downloaded from the openoffice.org
>> website on CentOS 5.4 x86_64.
>> The downloaded file is actually an archive containing RPMs.
>> I did not use their setup tool but installed directly the RPMs I was
>> interested in via 'yum localinstall' (my idea is in the future to put
>> them on a custom yum repository, so that they can be managed via
>> regular yum install / update).
>> It works fine, except that when I double-click on, say, *.odt files in
>> the file browser I get the following exception:
>> Cannot open xxxxxxx.odt
>> The filename "xxxxxxx.odt" indicates that this file is of type "odt
>> document". The contents of the file indicate that the file is of type
>> "OpenDocument Text".
>> If I do a right-click, Open with...>  Open Office Writer 3.1, it opens
>> the file properly.
>> 1. Did anybody already experienced that?
>> 2. Do you know where I can manage the file types in GNOME?
>> I have already added Open Office 3.1 as the default application to
>> open such files (Right-click, Properties>  Open With)
> i've removed the default OOo that comes with Centos 5.4 and replaced
> it with OOo 3.1.1 and I'm not having that trouble.
> Don't know if this relates or not, but did you also install the
> RPM file for RedHat menu integration? If you unpack the archive that
> contains all the RPM files, there will be a subdirectory containing
> a bunch of files, each of which is a set of menu updates for various
> distributions. I've never investigated to see what they install, but
> I suppose it is possible that they install info that relates to the
> app linkage to file types and vice-versa.
Have you updated the system after installing vanilla OOo?
If yes, then that may be the problem. Because similar thing happened 
with me.

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