According to a few threads and bug reports on the OO.org site, there have...

According to a few threads and bug reports on the OO.org site, there have been countless issues with autorecovery in the past and there are a few bug reports still open. I would suggest using uninstall with purge option:

sudo apt-get purge openoffice.org

and make sure all config files, data files, etc. are gone then reinstall the current version. If that doesn't work, file a bug on openoffice.org

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