Ubuntu – “General Error. General input/output error” when opening documents with Libreoffice


I'm running LibreOffice on Ubuntu 14.04. Trying to open any document (at first only with large ones, but now all of them) returns either of the messages below:

General Error. General input/output error opening documents with Libreoffice


Locked for editing by Unknown User


The file is corrupt, should LibreOffice repair it?

LibreOffice 4.1.6, which came with the distribution upgrade, had the same bug.
Deleting the lock files (which I tried) does not fix it.

Sending the "corrupt" files to my email, I can preview their contents without problems.
I use LibreOffice only on Linux.

Best Answer

  • This fixed the "General Error. General input/output error" problem for me after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS:

    sudo apt install libreoffice

    It seems like only a few of the LibreOffice packages were installed on the system after the upgrade. The above command installed some more of the packages.

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