I always had a problem in exporting org mode files to odt format and finally I have found the reason of the problem and a solution.
I use org mode within emacs 23.3.1 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (all tools standard distribution). The otd export elisp file is placed here: /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/org-mode/org-odt.el If I understand correctly, it searches for the styles and schemas starting from there: (defconst org-odt-lib-dir (file-name-directory load-file-name)) (defconst org-odt-styles-dir (let* ((styles-dir1 (expand-file-name "../etc/styles/" org-odt-lib-dir)) (styles-dir2 (expand-file-name "./etc/styles/" org-odt-lib-dir)) ... (defcustom org-export-odt-schema-dir (let ((schema-dir (expand-file-name "../contrib/odt/etc/schema/" org-odt-lib-dir))) .... This does not work with the configuration above, because: A) the schema files are at a completely different location B) the style files are entirely missing C) the call to "load-file-name" for some reason fails, preventing the whole file from being loaded As a workaround, I copied over the style files, manually fixed "org-odt-styles-dir" and " org-export-odt-schema-dir" in org-odt.el, and commented out the line which causes problem (C). This works - but a more flexible solution should be found so that org-odt does not break again. I hope this can be useful to the org community - although it might be that in the meantime somebody else already fixed the problem. Fabio Rinaldi