LibreOffice crashes on startup on Debian Buster

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LibreOffice crashes on startup on Debian Buster

Postby abhikpal » 2019-09-03 14:00


I'm having some issues with LibreOffice (Build ID: 1:6.1.5-3+deb10u3)
on Debian Buster.

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$ uname -a
Linux euler 4.19.0-5-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.37-5+deb10u2 (2019-08-08) x86_64 GNU/Linux

In particular:

- Writer, Impress, Draw crash immediately on opening and I get the
"Document recovery dialog."

- Calc opens but crashes the moment I try to insert text.

Some meta-info:

- I upgraded to Debian Buster when it came out. Previously I was on
stretch (stable with backported kernel) and these issues were not

- I have currently resolved to using the AppImage from the LibreOffice
website. The issues are not present there.

Debugging I have done so far:

- Created a new user test account to debug, the issue is not present
in the new account.

- Reset my LibreOffice profile (from my own account).

- Tried disabling hardware acceleration.

- Tried disabling Java (as recommended here:
and here:
This did not solve the issue.

- libreoffice-gtk2 isn't installed on my system so the solution
described here:
doesn't apply.

- running libreoffice in safemode and resetting the profile doesn't
help. Here's the output I see on the terminal:

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$ libreoffice --safe-mode
Warning: failed to read path from javaldx
xkbcommon: ERROR: Key "<LFSH>" added to modifier map for multiple modifiers; Using Lock, ignoring Shift
Application Error

- the issue seems similar to
however, no solution is provided on that thread.

As a workaround, I am currently using the AppImage version from the
LibreOffice website which doesn't have any of the aforementioned

How do I further debug this issue? If it's being caused only on my
user account how do I isolate the source of the error? If requested, I
can post more debugging info.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to help :)
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Re: LibreOffice crashes on startup on Debian Buster

Postby ruwolf » 2019-09-14 19:12

Does the new (functional for LibreOffice) user use the same keyboard configuration as the old (crashing LibreOffice) user?
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Re: LibreOffice crashes on startup on Debian Buster

Postby pylkko » 2019-09-15 06:51

What java engine or development kit are you using? How did you install LibreOffice? Have you thereafter uninstalled java?

What happens if you try to reinstall the metapackage that should try to pull all the dependancies?
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sudo apt -y install libreoffice
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