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I have some issues with the installation of the 5.1.60000 ‘snap’ version of JabRef, as installed in Ubuntu 20.04 using ‘sudo snap install jabref’. Hopefully reporting here is the right thing. I think that @koppor is the maintainer of the package, so hopefully he’ll see this message.

All Libreoffice apps are not referencing the correct home directory. Instead it creates a folder '173' under /snap/libreoffice/173. The Libreoffice apps think this 173 directory is the home directory. Also all.config files are saved in this snap directory instead of the users home directory. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling LibreOffice and there was no change. LibreOffice is that wonderful combination of free and polished, making it a great alternative to expensive professional office tools. Prev Page 8 of 15 Next Prev Page 8 of 15 Next Skype.

The issue that I have is that after installing Jabref, I can’t link to LibreOffice to insert citations. If I straightaway click the leftmost ‘autodetection’ button in the LibreOffice ‘tool’, then I get an error dialog which contains the following text:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: Not on FX application thread; currentThread = pool-3-thread-1
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at [email protected]/javafx.stage.Stage.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.stage.Stage.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.scene.control.HeavyweightDialog$1.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.scene.control.HeavyweightDialog.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.scene.control.Dialog.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.scene.control.Alert.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.scene.control.Alert.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.FXDialog.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.FXDialog.(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.JabRefDialogService.createDialog(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.JabRefDialogService.showInformationDialogAndWait(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.openoffice.DetectOpenOfficeInstallation.selectInstallationPath(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.openoffice.DetectOpenOfficeInstallation.autoDetectPaths(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.openoffice.DetectOpenOfficeInstallation.isInstalled(Unknown Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.openoffice.OpenOfficePanel$ Source)
at [email protected]/org.jabref.gui.openoffice.OpenOfficePanel$ Source)
at [email protected]/javafx.concurrent.Task$ Source)
at java.base/ Source)
at java.base/java.util.concurrent.Executors$ Source)
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at java.base/java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(Unknown Source)
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I discovered that the LibreOffice integration depends on the presence of the deb package ‘libreoffice-java-common’, so next I installed that. I still got the same error (as far as I can tell).

Then I tried using the second ‘detect’ button. It asks for a path to the OpenOffice/LibreOffice library. However, some freaky stuff to do with folder permissions appears to be happening – if I type in the correct folder, /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/classes, I get “no such file or directory”. If I attempt to navigate to that folder, I can’t see it at all. If I type “ls /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/classes” in a terminal as regular user, it clearly is there. I’m not sure if there is a solution possible here or not… perhaps this is a fundamental limitation of the ‘snap’ approach to doing things? (Down with 180 MB snap packages! Long live proper 8 MB deb and rpm packages!)

PS when I installed the .deb version (, it worked immediately, without problems.


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