Compiling libreoffice, a bumpy ride
Of course I wanted to build Slackware packages for it but being audacious, I decided to make some expansions to the SlackBuild script in order to achieve the following:
- include more extensions by default
- include dictionaries for some of the major world languages (US and UK english, french, german, spanish, dutch)
- add more language packs!
I just did not think it would cost me 6 days of work to get the bugger to compile correctly… I needed to hunt down several patches, and find out how to apply patches at all in the build phase of LibreOffice. At this moment I have the 64bit packages ready and installed on my desktop machine, and that runs smoothly… but the 32bit build keeps throwing errors at me. Go figure.
I think I finally found how to fix this, unfortunately it takes 5 hours of compiling in my virtual machine to experience the error… or not. Hence the large delay in producing working packages.
One side effect of fixing the build process is that the new package again wants to use
~/.ooo3 as the preferences directory, instead of using
~/.libreoffice like my previous version of the LibreOffice package. People that get fed up with the alternating use of these two directories can just remove the ~/.ooo3 directory and instead create a symlink to ~/.libreoffice/3 in your homedirectory (or the other way round of course, depending on what directory you like more):
$ ln -sf .libreoffice/3 .ooo3
I do hope and anticipate that I can present a complete set of LibreOffice 3.3.1 packages for your Slackware powered computer tomorrow… keep your fingers crossed.