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I am trying to get Times New Roman on LibreOffice. I ran:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

I think it downloaded, but it doesn't appear in the OpenOffice drop down list of fonts.

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Can you see them in the output of fc-list |grep Times? – terdon Sep 2 '12 at 1:51

The package contents of msttcorefonts belong here,

/usr/share/fonts/truetype/

So, just do

sudo fc-cache -f /usr/share/fonts/truetype/

If unsuccessful, then the package did not in fact install to completion. In that case, install again as root and report back the exact output.

To explain, if you're unsure about the -f flag of fc-cache, this comes is from the fc-cache man page

 -f     Force re-generation of apparently up-to-date cache files, overriding the timestamp checking.
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