rpm2cpio: not found error OpenOffice 3 installation on Ubuntu 8.10 (dev)

Written by James McDonald

October 17, 2008

I went to Openoffice.org and blindly downloaded the default package “OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_wJRE_en-US.tar.gz” which is the wrong package for Ubuntu 8.10.

The Fix:
Go back to openoffice.org, under “I want to download OpenOffice.org” click the “Get more platforms and languages” link and choose the package in your language under the “Linux DEB” column.
The correct package should have a filename something like “OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz”
Even easier from a comment below (and you won’t have to download a new OO install file)

sudo apt-get install rpm

If you don’t you will run into all the errors I did below, save your self the hassles I got trying to get it to work:

user@mypc:~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358$ ./setup Checksumming...
Extracting ...
./setup: 478: rpm2cpio: not found
cpio: premature end of archive
find: `usr/java': No such file or directory
basename: missing operand
Try `basename --help' for more information.
Error: Failed to extract the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) files. (exit code 7)

Install a jre and then point setup to it.
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin

Rerun setup with -j option:
user@mypc:~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358$ ./setup -j /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-
Parameter: j
Using /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-
java version "1.6.0_07"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_07-b06)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 10.0-b23, mixed mode, sharing)

Running installer
/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun- -DHOME=/home/user -DJRE_FILE=jre-6u7-linux-i586.rpm -jar JavaSetup.jar
System locale: en_AU
User privileges
OS: Linux
Mode: installation
Path to packages: /home/user/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/RPMS/

Next error:
IOError: java.io.IOException: Cannot run program "rpm": java.io.IOException: error=2, No such file or directory
sudo apt-get install rpm

This time run it as root:
sudo ./setup -j /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-

Then you get this:
error: Failed dependencies:
/bin/basename is needed by jre-1.6.0_07-fcs.i586


  1. Frank

    I extracted OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar and there is no ‘setup’ executable!

  2. sufehmi

    Type sudo apt-get install rpm
    After that, try running setup again. Should be OK now.

  3. Michael

    Thanks so much, helped me ALOT!


  4. criss

    Now I really know why do most people use Windows instead of Linux. To install OpenOffice or any othe application in Win you just need to download it and click .exe (and sometimes to uzip).
    In Linux there is no rule for install software. Every time I try to install something I have to use google to solve problems and errors. I had the same error like the autor.
    Can someone tell me why everything in linux should be harder and different like in windows?

  5. serge

    criss, have you tried any recent windows games lately? the last three i have bought installed fine, however none of them actually work, yet the last three linux games i have installed work perfectly.


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