Linux Step By Steps

Installation of WP 8.1 for Linux on SuSE 9.0 Pro

Compiled by Mary Ann Panevska on 6 March 2004

Thanks to Leon Goldstein for his "WordPerfect 8.1 Full Install", and to Joe Skaggs for his "Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on Mandrake 9.1".  Neither the alien -r nor the ar -xv worked for me, but based on their guidelines I came up with the following procedure and used it for successful installations twice on SuSE 9.0 Pro systems.  Also, thanks to Valentijn Sessink for the Filtrix patch.

Be sure to have shlibs5 and Alien installed, which are included in SuSE 9.0 Pro - check YAST and install them if needed. It may be that other programs or libraries are required that I happened to have installed, but someone else may not, so if some step of the procedure doesn't work, hopefully the error message will be precise as to what is missing on your system.

Note, I did this installation twice on different days, and both times when I first tried to run Alien on the .deb files, it indicated a slightly future date from my system (actual) date, and did not work, so I changed the system clock to a future date/time, and it worked !

1) Copy from the Corel LinuxOS Deluxe Installation CD the following files from


into the temporary directory of your choice - such as /wp/ :


Note: WordPerfect 8.1 is not free and is only available in the "Corel Linux OS Deluxe" package, which Corel no longer sells but one can frequently find for sale on eBay.

2) Convert these to tar files.

myname@linux:~>alien -t /wp/fonts-115_1.0-4.deb etc.

You may get a warning that Alien is not running as root - this is of no concern.

The result will be tar files made in your home directory with a shorter name:


3) Login or su as root, and copy the six .tgz files into the very top of the file structure, i.e. not into /root but into /

4) Execute tar on each file:

linux: / #tar -xvzf fonts-115-1.0.tgz etc.

Tar extracting the fonts packages will load all the fonts into:

./usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/ (with each having an 'extension' of .afm and .pfb)

Tar extracting type1inst-0.6.1.tgz will load:


Tar extracting wp-manual_8.1.tgz will load:

/usr/X11R6/share/applnk/Applications/Corel WordPerfect/WPmanual.kdelnk

Tar extracting wp-full_8.1.tgz will load "the works" into various directories:

/usr/lib/wp8/              (This is the main WordPerfect Directory)
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 (with many fonts, with extension .afm & .pfb)
/usr/X11R6/share/icons (many, with extension .xpm)
/usr/X11R6/share/icons/wmbattery (several, with extension .xpm)
/usr/X11R6/share/icons/mini (with several, with extension .xpm)
/usr/X11R6/share/applnk/Applications/Corel WordPerfect

5) Execute as root

linux: /# /usr/bin/type1inst

6) Execute as root

linux: /# /usr/X11R6/bin/mkfontdir

(mkfontdir is included in the system's XFree86 package)

7) Execute as root

linux: /# /usr/lib/wp8/shbin10/wpfi

8) Test the installation by typing xwp from console, or executing /usr/bin/xwp.

9) Create an icon for WP 8.1 on your desktop - the WP icons are in /usr/X11R6/share/icons.

10) Change your system clock back to the actual date/time if needed.

11) Note: You still must install the Filtrix File Conversion Patch if you wish to convert MS Word doc files. See Leon Goldstein's procedure. In brief:

a) Go to http://olivier,

and download wp8filtrixfix.tar.gz into a temporary directory, e.g. /tmp

b) Extract the files with:

tar -zvxf wp8filtrixfix.tar.gz

Which will create a directory wp8fix with the following files:


c) Read the README and INSTALL files and follow the procedure, which is (if wp8fix is in /tmp)

d) linux:/ # cd /tmp/wp8fix/

linux:/tmp/wp8fix # ./ /usr/lib/wp8

which gives the message:

"Installing the patch. Ready. Please test your WordPerfect 8 installation and the filters."

Note: your /usr/lib/wp8/shbin10 will now contain three modified .so files, leaving the originals with .orig