Installing WordPerfect 8.0 for Linux on a distro current in 2020


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This page on WordPerfect 8.0 is included for completeness. It is mainly of historical interest.

 

Versions of WordPerfect 8.0

 

WordPerfect 8.0 for Linux was released by Corel in 1998. There are two versions of WordPerfect 8.0.

 

WordPerfect 8.0 Personal Edition (PE) was released on a CD contained in a boxed package. This is the complete version. It is installable by means of a script.

 

WordPerfect 8.0 Downloadable Personal Edition (DPE) is a cut-down version. It was made available in late 1998 from the Corel server, as a freely downloadable tarball. Only a few fonts are included in the DPE version, and it does not include the font-installer. After the contents of the tarball have been extracted, installation proceeds by means of a script.

 

The DPE version was also made available as an rpm package as part of several distros (such as Suse 6.1). In most cases, the rpm format was essentially a mere container, and installation had to be completed by means of a script. The sole exception is the rpm package, named "WordPerfect-8.0-7.i386.rpm", contained in some versions of Caldera OpenLinux, including versions 2.2 and 2.3. This is a normal rpm, from which actual code can be extracted.

 

It is only by the use of the Caldera package that WordPerfect 8.0 can be directly installed on a current distro. The PE version, and other variants of the DPE version, can only be installed by the use of their scripts, and these scripts are incompatible with current distros. Moreover the code cannot be extracted in other ways, since it is not packaged in a format suitable for extraction. These other versions and variants can, however, be installed on earlier distros, such as Ubuntu 8.04 and OpenSuse 11.4, and the files so installed can be copied over to and then run on a current distro.

 

The method of installation of WordPerfect 8.0 DPE on a current distro from the Caldera rpm package is elaborated below.


It may be that a similar procedure for manual installation can be used to install WordPerfect 7 from the rpm contained in the third CD of the Redhat 5.1 distro.

 



Installation from the Caldera rpm by script

 

Two scripts, entitled "xwp-install-80-20-deb.sh" (for debian-based systems) and "xwp-install-8-20-rpm.sh" (for OpenSuse), have been devised by the present author for the installation of WordPerfect 8.0 from the Caldera rpm package on debian-based systems (such as Mint 20) or OpenSuse 15.2, and may be downloaded from the links here. In that context the relevant script should be used in preference to manual installation. To download such a linked file in Firefox, you should right-click on the link, and then select "Save link As..." from the resulting menu.


Once WordPerfect 8.0 has been thus installed, it should be possible to run it by giving any of these commands: "xwp" or "/usr/bin/xwp", or /opt/wp8/wpbin/xwp".


Once WordPerfect 8.0 has been thus installed and first run as a normal user, you may (especially in the case of an installation on OpenSuse) need to run it once as administrator in order to eliminate a "too many processes" error. This can be done by giving the command: "sudo xwp -admin", or making an similar entry in the Linux menu (but omitting "sudo" and running as a different user, "root").


You may also need to change the ownership of the ~/.wprc directory and its contents from root to the user, in order to eliminate a "locked files" error, and enable the user to set up his preferences. This may be achieved by giving in a terminal the command "sudo chown -R 1000 ~/.wprc".


The wrapper enabling use of the WP print manager is included in the wp-utils80-deb and wp-utils80-rpm utilities. To use it, give the command: "sudo xwppmgr" or "sudo xwppmgr80".


Installation of the Caldera WP 8.0 RPM version alongside a pre-existing WP 8.1 installation will overwrite the "xwp" executable in "/usr/bin". In this scenario you should rename "xwp" in "/usr/bin" to (for example) "xwp81" before installing WP 8.0.


Attempts to create a corresponding script for debian-based distros have so far failed.




Manual installation from the Caldera rpm


In general, as regards the manual installation of WordPerfect 8.0 from the Caldera rpm package, an extraction procedure similar to that recommended for the manual installation of WordPerfect 8.1 from its debian packages, specified elsewhere on this site, should be followed.


If you are installing on a 64-bit distro, you should first ensure that i386 is an available architecture; on this, see the Debian Multiarch wiki. Then you should install the libc6:i386 or an equivalent package from your normal repository.


Next you should install the support packages linked here as shlibs5 and wp-utils80-deb (on a debian-based system) or wp-utils80-rpm (on an rpm-based system), using one's package manager. They should be installed by means of a package manager, such as "gdebi".

 

As regards the libc5 libraries, whether the system is debian based or rpm-based, one should use the shlibs5 package. The shlibs5 rpm package can be converted in a root terminal by giving the command: "alien -t shlibs5-2001.7.30-209.i586.rpm"; and then installed by the command: "installpkg shlibs5-2001.7.30.tgz".


In the case of a debian-based system, one will then need to copy several files from "/usr/i486-linux-libc5/lib" to "/lib". The relevant files: libXt.so.6, libX11.so.6, libXpm.so.4, libSM.so.6, libICE.so.6, libc.so.5, and libm.so.5.


Next one must give the command: "ldconfig".

 

Since there are no font packages and no font installer provided by the DPE version, there is no need to install any type1inst package.

 

Then one follows one of the same extraction methods for the WordPerfect code as may be used for manually installing a WordPerfect 8.1 deb. The present writer recommends the following streamlined method. Whether in a debian-based or an rpm-based distro, and whether 32-bit or 64-bit, one should open a root terminal and give the command "alien -t WordPerfect-8.0-7.i386.rpm", and then "installpkg WordPerfect-8.0.tgz".

 

As an alternative, the Caldera WP 8.0 may be installed directly as an rpm in OpenSuse. After creating the necessary support environment (as described above), the WordPerfect rpm package may be installed using "zypper install WordPerfect-8.0-7.i386.rpm". This will probably download a large number of 32-bit packages.

 

Once WordPerfect 8.0 has been thus installed, it should be possible to run it by giving any of these commands: "xwp" or "/usr/bin/xwp", or /opt/wp8/wpbin/xwp".


Once WordPerfect 8.0 has been thus installed and first run as a normal user, you may (especially on on OpenSuse system) need to run it once as administrator in order to eliminate a "too many processes" error. This can be done by giving the command: "sudo xwp -admin", or making an similar entry in the Linux menu (but omitting "sudo" and running as a different user, "root").


You may also need to change the ownership of the ~/.wprc directory and its contents from root to the user, in order to eliminate a "locked files" error, and enable the user to set up his preferences. This may be achieved by giving in a terminal the command "sudo chown -R 1000 ~/.wprc".


The wrapper enabling use of the WP print manager is included in the wp-utils80-deb and wp-utils80-rpm utilities. But, before using it, one must manually copy "/opt/wp8/shbin10/xwppmgr" to "xwppmgr.bin". To use it, give the command: "sudo xwppmgr" or "sudo xwppmgr80".


Installation of the Caldera WP 8.0 RPM version alongside a pre-existing WP 8.1 installation will overwrite the "xwp" executable in "/usr/bin". In this scenario you should rename "xwp" in "/usr/bin" to (for example) "xwp81" before installing WP 8.0.


 

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