OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta with Gnome 2.9

I was trying to get OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta (the last 1.9.77) version to work on my Gnome 2.9 setup (all the stuff from CVS), and it kept crashing on me everytime I tried to open a file, with the error message :

/opt/openoffice.org1.9.74/program/soffice.bin: relocation error: /usr/lib/libgnomevfs-2.so.0: undefined symbol: xmlTextReaderConstName

Apparently, the crash came from the switch to Gnome “official” file selector dialogs instead of OpenOffice’s. To fix the crash, you can of course disable this feature (somewhere in preferences/general), but what’s the fun of running beta software if you cannot try out new features ?
Fortunately, Google came up with an answer. It appears that OpenOffice.org comes with its own version of the libxml2 library (like it does with freetype), and its version is too old for using the Gnome file selector. To fix the problem, you have to remove OpenOffice.org’s libxml2 :

rm /opt/openoffice.org1.9.xx/programs/libxml2.*

Don’t forget the * (there were 3 files when I tried). Now you can fully enjoy the new file selector thing 🙂

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