Getting the source

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The source code can be fetched in several ways, as described below.

Source Tarballs (for package maintainers)

The latest release version of the source code can be downloaded as tarballs from Download, see Source on the right.

The source is pretty big and has therefore been split into several files.

Tarball Description
OOo_3.x.x_src_core.tar.bz2 The necessary part for each build, the other tarballs depend on this one.
OOo_3.x.x_src_system.tar.bz2 Libraries that usually exist on a standard Linux system1. For a Windows build this package is usually required.
OOo_3.x.x_src_binfilter.tar.bz2 The filters for old binary StarOffice formats
OOo_3.x.x_src_l10n.tar.bz2 Translations of the software for many languages
OOo_3.x.x_src_extensions.tar.bz2 Extensions source package
OOo_3.x.x_src_testautomation.tar.bz2 Automated test suite (optional)

For a full build you need them all. For development, the core package is usually all you need.

Unpack the tarballs one at a time to a directory. They will create a new directory with the name of the milestone, such as OOO310_m11. This folder will from now on be the $SRC_ROOT, when you run ./configure it will create a shell-script that will set the environment variable to this path.

Documentation caution.png Avoid using winzip to extract the downloaded source archive. Observed problems include:
  • CR-LF errors that can affect makefiles and cause compile errors
  • Certain files unpacked into root folder, esp. likely when actual path is deeply nested (e.g. foo/bar/source/foo/java/org/x/y/z/w/LongFileName.hmm) which again causes mysterious compile errors.

Use the tar from Cygwin instead:

unzip for .gz

tar xvzf OOo_3.x.x_src_core.tar.gz

bzip2 for .bz2

tar xvjf OOo_3.1.0_src_core.tar.bz2

SCM-Access (for developers)

Checking out a milestone (a stable development version released by RelEng

svn checkout svn://

Replace XX with the highest currently available milestone.

The files will be placed in the current directory.


for a list of available milestones. Template:Documentation/Note Template:Documentation/Tip

See also




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