Appendix A: Installing and Configuring OpenOffice

The report generator uses the OpenOffice / LibreOffice package to output reports in PDF and DOC formats. The installation to the computer containing the application server and configuration of this package is described below.

Installing and Configuring OpenOffice for Microsoft Windows

reporting.openoffice.path = C:/Program Files (x86)/ 3/program

Installing and Configuring LibreOffice for Microsoft Windows

reporting.openoffice.path = C:/Program Files (x86)/LibreOffice 5/program

Installing and Configuring LibreOffice on Ubuntu Server

  • Install the libreoffice package, for example, by running the following command:

    $ sudo apt-get install libreoffice`
  • In the reporting.openoffice.path application property, specify the path to LibreOffice:

    reporting.openoffice.path = /usr/lib/libreoffice/program
  • If the server does not have window interface installed, LibreOffice will start with the error, Caused by: java.awt.HeadlessException: No X11 DISPLAY variable was set, but this program performed an operation which requires it, or will simply terminate without error messages. To resolve this, set the reporting.displayDeviceUnavailable application property:

    reporting.displayDeviceUnavailable = true
  • You can run the following command to diagnose errors when starting LibreOffice:

    $ strace -e trace=signal /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin --headless --accept="socket,host=localhost,port=8100;urp" --nologo --nolockcheck

For Ubuntu users who installed tomcat using apt, it is necessary to copy ~/.config/libreoffice to $CATALINA_HOME. For tomcat8, it is /usr/share/tomcat8.

After that, you should change the owner of this folder:

sudo mkdir /usr/share/tomcat8/.config
sudo cp -pr ~/.config/libreoffice /usr/share/tomcat8/.config/
sudo chown -R tomcat8.tomcat8 /usr/share/tomcat8/.config/

Installing and Configuring LibreOffice for macOS

reporting.openoffice.path = /Applications/