[lug] Star Office 5.2...

Peter Hutnick peter-lists at hutnick.com
Mon Apr 22 12:31:07 MDT 2002

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On Monday 22 April 2002 11:18 am, Mr Viggy wrote:
> Hey all,
> I just downloaded Star Office 5.2 from Sun's web page (as a .bin file).
>   I'm running Slackware 8.0, with a 2.4.18 kernel; and JRE 1.4.0.  I
> installed it (Star Office) as root onto my FAT32 partition (yeah, yeah;
> I want to use Linux all the time, but I occasionally use this machine, a
> laptop, for work stuff).
> I'm getting a "Cannot find setup.ins in /fat-d/office52/program" error
> when I try to run 'soffice'.  I did a search of Deja News, and found
> that most that have installed SOffice onto a FAT32 partition have th
> same error.  So far, the only solution I saw was to re-install Office
> onto an ext2 partition.  Since I have no room on mine, this is not
> really an option.
> Is there any other solution to get this darn thing to run from a FAT32
> partition?

FAT partitions are generally mounted as root.  Since FAT does not have 
provisions for UNIX-style file permissions all files are treated as owned by 
root and having root's default permissions mask.

Other users can't run root's files.

You can take a look at the WINE documentation (http://www.winehq.org AFAIR) 
which has a pretty good discussion of the problems with trying to use FAT as 
a real filesystem and some of the workarounds that are available to you.

Folks who are able to run SO on FAT are probably doing so as root.

You could always just mkfs that FAT partition and then re-install SO there.  
You'll feel better if you do!

- -Peter

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