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

AbiWord Dependencies


popt-1.7-5, libglade-2.5.1 and FriBidi-0.10.5




gucharmap-1.4.3, libgnomeprintui-2.10.2, Nautilus-2.10.1, ImageMagick-6.2.3-5, Enchant (uses Aspell-0.60.3) and wv

Optional for Plugins

librsvg-2.9.5, GNOME Utilities-2.10.1, Python-2.4.1for gypsthon mailmerge, aiksaurus, libgda, libwmf, libwpd and libots

Installation of AbiWord

Install AbiWord by running the following commands:

cd abi &&
./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make &&
cd ../abiword-plugins &&
sed -i 's:python2.3:python2.4:g' configure &&
./configure --prefix=/usr &&

Now, as the root user:

cd ../abi &&
make install &&
cp -v -rf docs /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.2/AbiWord &&
cd ../abiword-plugins &&
make install

To build the help files, issue the following commands as an unprivileged user:

cd ../abiword-docs &&

And, as the root user:

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 &&
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 Libraries: None
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.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600