I had the problem with libreoffice --writer crashing on my system without any message. libreoffice --calc was working without any problem. (I did not check on the others like draw or impress).

I have been able to just start libreoffice without any option, but experienced the same crash when selecting new writer document from the GUI.

  Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux buster/sid
            Kernel: Linux 4.13.0-1-686-pae
      Architecture: x86
       LibreOffice: 1:5.4.2-3

I did not have this problem with the same versions on a 64bit system.

I now worked around this issue by removing the libreoffice gtk3 package.

apt remove libreoffice-gtk3

I can live with this though it does not look very nice, but is there any better workaround, that does not involve a downgrade?

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    Does it help if you move your configuration out of the way? mv ~/.config/libreoffice{,.old} Nov 30, 2017 at 23:20
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    @StephenKitt; no, unfortunately not. The only difference it makes is that it shows the Splash Screen a second time at a different position before crashing :-) when launching from the terminal. Selecting the document type from the GUI seems to crash the same way as before.
    – nath
    Nov 30, 2017 at 23:35

2 Answers 2


This seems to be fixed since version: 1:5.4.3-4+b1

Libre Office did not run anymore, with or without: libreoffice-gtk3
It just quit without any message when started from the terminal, with or without option (--calc --writer...)

Happily this time it could be fixed as @StephenKitt recommended earlier by moving the old configuration files out of the way.

mv ~/.config/libreoffice{,.old}

since then it also runs with: libreoffice-gtk3

On the first start I got the error message:

$ libreoffice 
xsltParseStylesheetFile : cannot parse 
I/O warning : failed to load external entity ""
xsltParseStylesheetFile : cannot parse 

though only on the first start.

Now it seems to run quite stable and lots faster then before.


in my case problem solved with remove this package

sudo apt purge mesa-opencl-icd

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