So I enabled hyphenation for my text style, but LibreOffice writer does not hyphenate a single line in a four pages text, obviously having a problem. If I call Tools > Language > Hyphenation... I get an error:

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Which I think is a wrong error message. The language set is correctly installed, for example spellchecking works without problem. I went into the suggested dialog, nothing hints at anything being wrong:

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What might cause the problem?

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The last screenshot is a bit misleading. The bold face 'Hyphenation' suggests that such package is present, when in fact it's not. If it was present, there would be a child in the tree.

To install

sudo apt install hyphen-en-gb

Then after restarting LibreOffice, the document is hyphenated.

  • This is still the correct answer more than 2.5 years later with LO version on KDE neon 5.20. I had the error message "missing hyphenation data", maybe quoting this here helps people find this solution more quickly.
    – bovender
    Commented Nov 8, 2020 at 5:30

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