Individual Office Programs

This chapter is a collection of independent projects that can be installed based on specific needs. Together, they create a respectable office suite. While they may be lacking in user interface consistency, they excel in doing one thing and doing it well.


Introduction to AbiWord

The AbiWord package contains a word processing application. This is useful for writing reports, letters and other formatted documents.

Package information

Installation of AbiWord

Install AbiWord by running the following commands:

cd abi &&
./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make &&
cd ../abiword-docs &&

Now, as the root user:

cd ../abi &&
make install &&
cp -v -rf docs /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.2/AbiWord &&
cd ../abiword-docs &&
install -v -m644 man/abiword.1 /usr/share/man/man1 &&
install -v -m644 Manual/en/Abiword_Manual.abw \
    /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.2/AbiWord/docs &&
cp -v -rf help /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.2/AbiWord/help &&
find /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.2/AbiWord/help \
    -type d -exec chmod -v 755 {} \;

To integrate AbiWord into your GNOME-2 environment, run the following commands:

cd .. &&
install -v -m644 abidistfiles/GNOME_AbiWord_Control_2_2.server \
    $GNOME_PREFIX/lib/bonobo/servers &&
install -v -m644 abi/abiword.desktop $GNOME_PREFIX/share/applications

Command explanations

./ This command creates the HTML files used by AbiWord when help is requested from the main menu.


Installed Programs: abiword, AbiWord-2.2, and ttftool
Installed Directory: /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.2

Short Descriptions


is a symbolic link to the main AbiWord-2.2 executable.


is the word-processing program executable.

generates support files required by AbiWord for each TrueType font in a given directory.


is a utility for processing TrueType fonts.