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July 17 updates – Plasma 5, Live ISOS and more

Slackware turned 24 today, 17 July.

To celebrate I have created some goodies for you. Nothing you can eat or drink…

First, Plasma 5 updates.

I have uploaded the July ’17 set of Plasma 5 packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current to the ‘ktown’ repository. KDE 5_17.07 contains: KDE Frameworks 5.36.0, Plasma 5.10.3 and Applications 17.04.3. All based on Qt 5.9.0 for Slackware-current and Qt 5.7.1 for Slackware 14.2.
NOTE: I will no longer be releasing Plasma 5 packages for 32bit Slackware 14.2.

What’s new this time

Apart from the usual upgrades to the Frameworks, Plasma and Applications subsets, there is only one interesting piece of news: I added ‘kile’ to the applications-extra directory. Kile is a LaTex editor and the port to the KDE Frameworks 5 is well underway. I based the package on a git snapshot of its repository. One more KF5 application in “applications-extra”.
The goal of the KDE community is that the Applications 17.12 release (i.e. end of this year) will not have any application that is still kdelibs4 based. Everything in Plasma 5 Desktop should then finally be based on KF5.

Installing or upgrading Frameworks 5, Plasma 5 and Applications

As always, the accompanying README file contains full installation & upgrade instructions.

Recommended reading material

There have been several posts now about KDE 5 for Slackware-current. All of them contain useful information, tips and gotchas. If you want to read them, here they are:

Where to get the new packages for Plasma 5

Package download locations are listed below (you will find the sources in ./source/5/ and packages in /current/5/ and  /14.2/5/ subdirectories). If you are interested in the development of KDE 5 for Slackware, you can peek at my git repository too.


A Plasma5 Live ISO image will follow shortly on in case you want to try it out first (check the timestamp of the ISO on the web page). I am currently testing it, looks fine. Here is a screenshot showing the QtAv player (a proper QT5 and QML based video player so that you can forget about kplayer or gmplayer):

What else is in stock

The PLASMA5 Live ISO is crammed with all my relevant big packages (libreoffice, vlc and friends) and I refreshed a few of these packages:

  1. A package is available for the latest MKVToolnix 13.0.0 – Slackware 14.2 and -current.
  2.  I built the latest Calibre 3.4.0 for Slackware 14.2 and -current, adding several internal modules which I omitted in my first Calibre 3 release. As a consequence, Calibre now also depends on unrar for which I also compiled the latest release (5.5.6) into a Slackware package.
  3. Podofo is another dependency for Calibre that received a long overdue update, and my repository now contains version 0.9.5.

And I am also preparing Live ISO images for the variants SLACKWARE (64bit and 32bit), XFCE (64bit and 32bit) and MATE. They should go online at the same time as the PLASMA5 ISO.

Have fun! Eric


Comment from cwizardone
Posted: July 18, 2017 at 03:10

Well, I decided to take another look at KDE-5 and just installed all your latest related packages. That thing is huge. Any idea how many files and how many megs they take up (storage) as compared to KDE-4?.
KDE-5 works, but it has somehow managed to completely screw up sound in Xfce.
I’ve re-installed pulseaudio plugin for Xfce, but it didn’t make any difference. The multimedia keys no longer work. To adjust the volume I have to left click on one of two, now, only one before, icons in the panel and manually move the volume bar left or right. Any thoughts?

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: July 18, 2017 at 03:31

Thank you Eric!! So far it’s working OK.
P.S. Thanks for Kile. Just today I tried, with no success, to build it.

Comment from Helios
Posted: July 18, 2017 at 07:25

There is also a new version of texmaker (5.0) and texstudio is updated frequently. The one I use now is texstudio, and I will try this new kile. But I think that the 3 are almost the same.

Comment from pataphysician
Posted: July 18, 2017 at 15:38

Thanks, working mostly good, though I still have had a number of plasmashell crashing and restarting since the switch to 5.9, this update seems to have fixed the more severe problem were plasmashell would crash but not restartable. I was wondering if we could get qt 5.9.1, if I was to compile this myself, would I need to rebuild all of kde?

Comment from Gérard Monpontet
Posted: July 18, 2017 at 16:14

No problem here, with qt5-5.9.1, and alien plasma packages 🙂

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Comment from Gérard Monpontet
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 10:30

Just for info, Eric:

Finally, i have tested to rebuild ‘framework and the new plasma’ with ‘-DLIBEXEC_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/libexec’ no problem, plasma work correctly, it seem that need just change the ‘kdesu’ link. 😉

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Comment from 1337_powerslacker
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 15:28

Today’s ChangeLog (actually dated yesterday, 18 July 2017, just before midnight) included a version bump of exiv2, to 0.26. That update breaks gwenview. I managed to bump exiv2 back down to 0.25. Anyone else using packages dependent on exiv2 might want to keep this in mind, at least until those packages are updated.

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Comment from cwizardone
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 19:36

RE: the sound problem with KDE-5 and Xfce mentioned in my message above. I’ve gone back to KDE-4. Problem solved. Don’t know why, but the audio in Xfce is back to “normal.”

Comment from Gérard Monpontet
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 20:45

try this:
If you have rc.pulse actived, stop it.
make it not executable, it’s no needed.
in root
cd tmp (remove all folder and all file)
cd /var/run/dbus
removed all file
and reboot

Comment from casualfred
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 22:34

Thanks Eric for the updates!! By the way, I found that in your script I had to put quotes around the SLISO variable before it would work for me. Maybe because my directories have spaces in their names? Not sure. Thanks again!

Comment from Matheus Sampaio
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 22:39

Anyone had problems with installing it through setup2hd? My installation seems to hang at “Processing 27 Slackware Live Modules (13468 MB)
And won’t advance no more 🤔.
Tried it twice already…

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 22:57

casualfred – directories with spaces, in Linux! Blasphemy 🙂
I will add those quotes to the script.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 19, 2017 at 23:10

Matheus – an issue with your USB key perhaps? Is it corrupt or broken?

Extracting Slackware from the live modules takes longer than installing packages through the regular setup process but you should see progress at some point. Some module files are quite large which means, extracting them may take quite some time.

You can determine whether files are still being extracted to the USB key by opening another terminal and repeatedly running the ‘df’ command. If anything gets written to the USB stick, it should show up as changing numbers in the “Used” column.

Comment from Hubert Phava
Posted: July 20, 2017 at 15:57

Ciao Eric….
I’m on 64–current ( last packages) with your multilib and (last) kde.
I’ve two problem with Kde:
1) digikam and gwenview both don’t start. Trying from a konsole, for both i receive:

bash-4.4$ ldd `which gwenview` | grep not => not found

Symlinking to actual exiv2 doesn’t help; gwenviev strats but crashes at the first mouse click; digikam doesnt start at all.

2) Il i have an open firefox session, very often i cannot run another browser ( palemoon, vivaldi, another FF session…) and sometimes no other program can run; if i try to run a onsole, the message on it says something like “cannot open IO” and something other regarding xdg.
I’m obliged to kill kde, delete all its temporary files ( also those in /etm/xdg-runtime-user and restart kde for workaround the problem.

While problem 1) is only running on your last release of kde, i’ve problem 2) from several releases ( trying to cure it but no success).

Anyone here has gwen and digikam prob?

Thanks ( *many* thanks) for you work….


Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 20, 2017 at 16:14

Hubert, your issue #2 sounds quite peculiar, have not heard of such an issue before.
Your issue #1 is caused by the volatile state of slackware-current. The exiv2 package got upgraded and that broke a couple of applications as you noticed.
You must recompile gwenview and digikam.
I just started work again after a short holiday and will not be able to offfer recompiled packages myself soon.
But since you are running Slackware-current you probably know how to recompile them. If not, search this blog for the instructions about the use of KDE.SlackBuild.

Comment from Hubert Phava
Posted: July 20, 2017 at 16:23

Thanks Eric.
Already wgetting your kde-source directories…



Comment from Gérard Monpontet
Posted: July 20, 2017 at 17:04

And libkexiv2, also 😉

(krita, kdebase-runtime, kfilemetadata, kio-extra)

Comment from Helios
Posted: July 21, 2017 at 08:15

For the issue concerning the new exiv2 I have kept a copy of the old in /usr/lib64 and everything seems to work

Comment from Gérard Monpontet
Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:03

Yes, probably a link work also 😉

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 23, 2017 at 12:19

I have uploaded a set of recompiled packages to compensate for the recent changes in slackware-current:

Comment from keithpeter
Posted: July 24, 2017 at 22:51

Plasma 5 looks rather splendid and works reasonably smoothly on a dual-core laptop with 2Gb of ram and a spinning rust hard drive.

Installed on my test laptop from Plasma live iso and updated using slackpkg, including the exiv2 version, and then updated kde5 packages downloaded from bear just now. All good – gwenview and okular work fine. DigiKam starts up OK (I don’t know DigiKam very well).

I noticed that /etc/slackpkg/mirrors has a mirror right at the end of the file already uncommented. I chose one nearer to me in preference to cut the load on Slackware’s site.

Thanks for your efforts in allowing us to preview Plasma 5 on a familiar base.

Comment from fabio
Posted: July 25, 2017 at 07:58

When plasma 5 came out i moved out to XFC5. now months later, i’m very pleased with it. As an android user i was delighted with kde connect. except some plasmashell crashes (it will restart), and ktorrent crashing when i try to activate the scheduler plugin, all the rest running smoothly and fast. So, thank you very much sir for your work.

Comment from keithpeter
Posted: July 25, 2017 at 20:02

Plasma (fallback) is the ‘default’ and works fine. I tried Plasma (wayland) and had a blank screen – no blinking cursor – for many minutes. I could alt-ctrl F2 back to a tty, log in and reboot.

Anyone got any hints as to where do I look for logs to work out what is happening (or rather not happening)?

lspci tells me that his old Thinkpad has an “Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)” in it. Has worked with a Fedora live 26 with Wayland.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 25, 2017 at 21:27

The Wayland session does not work. It requires packages that are not in Slackware and needs a recompiled mesa, xorg-server and qt5. It will go into testing sometime but don’t hold your breath. It is low on my priority list.

Comment from keithpeter
Posted: July 25, 2017 at 21:55

Thanks for clarification and I fully understand the need for a priority list.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 25, 2017 at 23:25

Because of the recent update of Slackware-current’s imagemagick, I have rebuilt dvdauthor and digikam and uploaded them to the “current/latest” repository.

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