shared library issue with the system function in R

I work on ubuntu 16.04 (inside a docker container).

libroffice is installed and work fine.

I can use it with command line:

[email protected]07ff3fbcb3cd:/# libreoffice --version
LibreOffice 5.2.4.2.1 20m0(Build:2)
[email protected]07ff3fbcb3cd:/# libreoffice --headless --convert-to pdf --outdir . rapport.docx                                                            
convert /rapport.docx -> /rapport.pdf using filter : writer_pdf_Export
[email protected]07ff3fbcb3cd:/# 

But if I try to do the same in R:

R version 3.3.2 (2016-10-31) -- "Sincere Pumpkin Patch"
Copyright (C) 2016 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

  Natural language support but running in an English locale

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
Type 'q()' to quit R.

[Previously saved workspace restored]

> system("whoami")
root
> system(paste0("libreoffice --version")) 
/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libreglo.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
> system(paste0("libreoffice --headless --convert-to pdf --outdir . rapport.docx"))
/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/javaldx: error while loading shared libraries: libreglo.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Warning: failed to read path from javaldx
/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libreglo.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I dont understand this shared library error... Any idea ?

Regards

Answer #1:

Just set the library path, permanently by adding a file ending in .conf in the directory /etc/ld.so.conf.d/, or just for the one command via the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable:

[email protected]max:~$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/libreoffice/program/ R

R version 3.3.2 (2016-10-31) -- "Sincere Pumpkin Patch"
Copyright (C) 2016 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

  Natural language support but running in an English locale

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
Type 'q()' to quit R.

R> system(paste0("libreoffice --version")) 
LibreOffice 5.2.2.2 20m0(Build:2)

R> 

Edit: Actually, maybe something else is wrong at your end because here it also works with the env.var:

[email protected]max:~$ R

R version 3.3.2 (2016-10-31) -- "Sincere Pumpkin Patch"
Copyright (C) 2016 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

  Natural language support but running in an English locale

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
Type 'q()' to quit R.

R> system(paste0("libreoffice --version"))
LibreOffice 5.2.2.2 20m0(Build:2)

R> 
Answered By: Dirk Eddelbuettel
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