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Today I attempted to open a document with libreoffice. I got the error "could not open application. There is a general error in your central configuration file."
Naturally I opened up my configuration editor and started looking for keys related to libreoffice. Couldn't find any.
Tried reinstalling. Didn't work.
Tried uninstalling and installing open office. Didn't work.

Ubuntu 11.10 GNOME3

Any ideas?

I get the following when attempting to run from terminal:
[Java framework] Error in function createSettingsDocument (elements.cxx). javaldx failed! Warning: failed to read path from javaldx terminate called after throwing an instance of 'com::sun::star::uno::RuntimeException'

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Did you purge openoffice before re-installing? Did you try to rename the old settings directory ~/ – tohuwawohu Jan 10 '12 at 16:56
Worked. If you make that an answer I'll accept it. Thanks! – Yitzchak Jan 10 '12 at 22:58
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The error appearing in the terminal (javaldx failed) points to a problem regarding the user config directory. I assume that deinstalling doesn't modify the user's config (even purging - apt-get purge ... - leaves those contents untouched), so removing or (better!) renaming the user config directory may help. It's placed in ~/ since 3.

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