I'm using pop-os 19.10 with gnome 3.34.2 and whenever I try to launch libreoffice(version 6.3.4) I get this error: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: symbol lookup error: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcairo.so.2: undefined symbol: FT_Get_Var_Design_Coordinates

I tried removing ~/.config/libreoffice.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling libreoffice from the pop!_shop and with these commands:

sudo apt-get --purge remove libreoffice-core

sudo apt-get install libreoffice

I also downloaded .appimage of two older versions(5.4.0 and 6.2.8). It gives the same error when I try to run them.

When I run any them with sudo it works. However this "locks" the files I'm working on since it changes the owner of the file to root every time I save. Thanks in advance!


It seems obvious that libcairo version is not compatible with the version of libreoffice you have. If your distro has only one version of those available, then I would recommend filling a bug. But maybe you're using some unofficial repositories which pulled wrong version into your system?

  • No, I don't think I'm using any unofficial repositories. How can I check the version of libcairo? – obblee Jan 25 at 22:53
  • Check out this: askubuntu.com/questions/428772/… However, I don't think you should care about the version. Package maintainers should take care about compatibility of the packages. – mkkot Jan 25 at 23:41

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