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


FriBidi-0.10.7 and libgnomeprintui-2.12.1


Enchant (uses Aspell-0.60.4), gucharmap-1.6.0, ImageMagick-6.2.8-0 and wv (with libwmf installed first)

Optional for Plugins

libgsf-1.14.1 (needed to build the OpenDocument/OpenOffice plugin), Poppler-0.4.5 (for the pdf plugin), librsvg-2.14.4, GNOME Utilities-2.14.0, GOffice-0.2.1, Aiksaurus, libgda, libgnomedb, libwmf, libwpd, OTS and Psiconv

User Notes:

Installation of AbiWord

Install AbiWord by running the following commands:

cd abiword-plugins &&
./configure --prefix=/usr --without-inter7eps &&
make &&
cd ../abi &&
./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
cp -v -R docs /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4/AbiWord &&
cd ../abiword-plugins &&
make install

If you have a GNOME-2 installation, issue the following command as the root user to install the AbiWord Bonobo component description file:

cd .. &&
install -v -m644 abidistfiles/GNOME_AbiWord_Control_2_4.server \

Install The Help Documentation

Build the help files by issuing the following commands as an unprivileged user:

cd abiword-docs &&
sed -i 's@AbiWord-2.0@abiword@' &&
./ &&

Then, as the root user, install the help files:

install -v -m644 man/abiword.1 /usr/share/man/man1 &&
install -v -m644 Manual/en/Abiword_Manual.abw \
    /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4/AbiWord/docs  &&
cp -v -R help /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4/AbiWord &&
find /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4/AbiWord/help \
    -type d -exec chmod -v 755 {} \;

Command Explanations

--without-inter7eps: Some of the headers from the EPS package are not compatible with GCC-4.0.3. This parameter prevents linking to the package and incurring a build failure.

sed -i 's@AbiWord-2.0@abiword@' This command alters the script to look for the current version of abiword.

Configuring AbiWord

Config File


Configuration Information

Choose the right template for your language and locale from the list produced by the following command:

ls /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4/templates

Create the folder ~/.AbiSuite/templates then copy the normal.awt you want into it:

mkdir -p -v ~/.AbiSuite/templates &&
cp -v /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4/templates/normal.awt-<lang> \

Change <lang> in the above command to fit the name of the file you want.


Installed Programs: abiword, AbiWord-2.4,, and ttftool
Installed Libraries: Numerous plugin library support modules
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/AbiWord-2.4 and /usr/share/AbiSuite-2.4

Short Descriptions


is a symbolic link to the main AbiWord-2.4 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 2006-06-21 11:26:07 -0500