I received a .doc file in IceDove, double-clicked it and it asks if I want to save/open it, the only option for opening is caligraauthor. I want to use LibreOffice Writer for these documents, but when I choose 'other', it asks me to select the file (standard file selection dialogue).

Which LibreOffice Writer 'file' do I need to specify in this dialogue box? I've done afind / -name '*writer*' and 'libreoffice', but there are hundreds of files.

Any ideas?

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This file can lunch Writer, with option --writer: /usr/bin/libreoffice, which link to /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.

However, you might want to config MIME type for .doc files, called application/msword, follow the instruction discussed here.

  • Great, I just needed to find /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice in the file dialogue and it works perfectly. Thanks. Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 8:34
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    type libreoffice will tell you that libreoffice is in /usr/bin/libreoffice. ls -l /usr/bin/libreoffice will show that this is a link to /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice, but do not use the one in /usr/lib directly this is just how it is implemented, and may change. Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 12:59

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