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I rebuilt the gcc-4.8.0 multilib packages

In Slackware-current there was an update (or rather a rebuild) of the gcc 4.8.0 compiler suite, which re-adds several header files that seem to have accidentally dropped out of the installation.I have applied the same changes to the gcc packages in my multilib repository. The rebuiltgcc-4.8.0_multilib packages can be downloaded from any of these locations (mirror servers may need to catch up still):

Read the articles on about how to add or update multilib on your 64-bit Slackware.

Cheers, Eric


Comment from rahul
Posted: April 13, 2013 at 08:49

Running slack64current, upgraded to the above multilib. trying to compile kernel 3.8.5. get following error when i issue make menuconfig

Error: expecting string instruction after rep’

Comment from Alan Aversa
Posted: April 20, 2013 at 14:35

@rahul: I get message, too, when building something known as “libblkmaker”. I wonder why.

Comment from Alan Aversa
Posted: April 20, 2013 at 14:44

Looks like it’s a bug: Bug 53847

Comment from Alan Aversa
Posted: April 24, 2013 at 05:40

I’ve been getting a lot of “expecting string instruction after rep'” errors ever since updating to 4.8.0…

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:47

I found details about your report on

Please note that Slackware-current has a more recent version of binutils than you are using (/binutils- in -current versus on your cmputer).
It looks like you did a partial upgrade?


Comment from Alan Aversa
Posted: April 25, 2013 at 03:54

Yes, it was a version mismatch. I upgraded to binutils- and the issue went away. thanks

Comment from bam
Posted: May 9, 2013 at 18:47

Can’t upgrade from gslapt using …/multilib/14.0 repo, gives HTTP error. I suppose it’s due PACKAGE MIRROR: and PACKAGE LOCATION: mismatch in 14.0/PACKAGES.TXT. Upgrading from …/multilib repo goes OK, but it upgrades to current

Comment from alienbob
Posted: May 9, 2013 at 20:42

bam, ask the slapt-get developers why you get failure. See

Without you posting your error messages, I can not help you at all. The “PACKAGE LOCATION” lines in 14.0/PACKAGES.TXT are correct for the packages in that directory.
Can you please also tell me what multilib repository URL you have added in your gslaptrc file?


Comment from bam
Posted: May 9, 2013 at 23:26 and, the former works but upgrades to current, and the latter is not. Maybe 14.0/PACKAGES.TXT should include PACKAGE MIRROR: strings ended with …/multilib/14.0/?

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