Fixing zotero with OpenOffice

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Zotero had been working fine in combination with OpenOffice until a recent update.

After the update, attempts to insert a citation gave an error message:

‘Firefox could not load the component required to communicate with your word processor. Please ensure that the appropriate Firefox extension is installed, then try again.’

A useful reply on

said to try removing the icedtea6-plugin package, i.e.:

sudo apt-get remove icedtea6-plugin

I did this and Bingo! The Zotero problem was fixed.

(This was on ubuntu 9.10.)


jon 2010-05-28 00:23:27


Unfortunately, I did not have the same luck that you did with that fix.I am still getting the error. I am considering a reinstall of firefox, but I am unsure if that will help at this time. I will post back when I find a solution.

boomi 2010-05-28 12:17:19

i worked for me in ubuntu 10.04 64 bit. Thanks lot.

JP 2010-11-09 20:43:38

Hi, Jon:

In my case I had the same problem and I could solve it installing this package, sun-java6-plugin, directly from the repositories.

Good luck.

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