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KDE Software Compilation 4.6.5

The last of the 4.6 series has arrived, and I thought it would be good to compile it for Slackware-current so that Pat Volkerding can concentrate on Slackware’s core:

Please check the official announcement of the KDE Software Compilation 4.6.5 – and then proceed to download my packages for Slackware.

I had hopes that version 4.6.5 of the KDE SC would be added to Slackware but Pat is busy, and I did not want to wait. No problem! Remember, you have to be running Slackware 13.37 (32bit or 64bit) or (preferably) slackware-current in order to use these packages. They were built on slackware-current. Note that between 13.37 and -current, there was an incompatible perl upgrade which may cause some of the KDE 4.6.5 “language bindings” to fail on Slackware 13.37 (causing for instance plasmoids to break if those were programmed in perl).

Please read the accompanying README file for installation and upgrade instructions!

This is the fifth incremental release in the 4.6 series, meaning it’s mostly bugfixes and translation enhancements.

Some of the highlights of my new set of KDE packages:

  • Packages for the stable release 4.6.1 of kdepim and kdepim-runtime are included.
  • No updated dependencies since KDE 4.6.4 if you have that installed already.
  • Updated dependencies with regard to the stable Slackware 13.37 are: PyQt, QScintilla, akonadi, attica, ebook-tools, hunspell, libdbusmenu-qt,sip, soprano, system-config-printer, virtuoso-ose.
  • Not part of Slackware 13.37 at all (yet): grantlee, libatasmart, libbluedevil, libssh, sg3_utils, udisks.
  • And bluedevil was added – not a dependency as such, but rather additional functionality for your KDE desktop. Bluedevil is the new KDE bluetooth stack, based on the BlueZ libraries already present in Slackware. I added its package to the “kde” directory. It integrates a lot better into KDE than the GTK application “blueman” which is now primarily meant to be used with the non-KDE desktop environments.

The KDE 4.6.5 packages for Slackware 13.37 & current should be available for download from my “ktown” repository by now (the Indonesian mirror may need a bit of time to sync up):

Have fun! Eric

Comments

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: July 7, 2011 at 16:41

Thanks
Start mirroring it now :)

Comment from otho
Posted: July 7, 2011 at 19:26

Great job with these packages.

Are any (known..) issues created by upgrading the perl in 13.37 to the version found in -current?

Comment from otho
Posted: July 7, 2011 at 19:36

Besides the packages compiled normally against perl of course..

Comment from escaflown
Posted: July 8, 2011 at 01:35

Thanks Eric!

Comment from zbreaker
Posted: July 8, 2011 at 01:49

Many thanks Eric…KDE looking sweet as ever…hope the back is coming along!

Comment from Lawrence
Posted: July 8, 2011 at 17:55

Thanks again Eric
Have a wonderful weekend

Lawrence

Comment from manciuleas
Posted: July 8, 2011 at 19:17

Hi Eric,

Thank you for the packages!
I had issues with kcalc not accepting numbers. I applied the patch from https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=277020 and now it’s fine. I also applied the patches from http://websvn.kde.org/?view=revision&revision=1240128 for bug http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=276568.
Maybe you can update the kdeutils package with these fixes.

Comment from Ismael
Posted: July 10, 2011 at 22:59

Awesome! Thanks Eric.

BTW, I was having problems mounting NTFS devices with KDE since the udisks change, I had the kernel-provided ntfs module not compiled and apparently udisks is using that to try to mount, so obviously it was failing.

1st solution was to mount from command line: “udisks –mount /dev/sdXY –mount-fstype ntfs-3g”

2nd solution (what Ubuntu is doing, I think) is to “ln -s /sbin/mount.ntfs-3g /sbin/mount.ntfs”

Happy hacking!

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: July 11, 2011 at 03:43

Thanks, Eric – I finally found some time to download and upgrade tonight. Looks and acts great!

Comment from Thomas Løcke
Posted: July 11, 2011 at 08:00

Thanks Eric. I just upgraded three machines to 4.6.5 and they all hum along nicely. Great work, and very much appreciated.

Comment from firekage
Posted: July 16, 2011 at 21:38

manciuleas@ can you tell me how to apply fix to kcalc? I don’t know how to fix it. Thanks.

Comment from manciuleas
Posted: July 17, 2011 at 01:16

@firekage, the patches have to be applied to the kdeutils package. You can add the following commands to kdeutils.Slackware:
cat $CWD/knumber.cpp-276568.patch | patch -p4 –verbose || exit 1
cat $CWD/knumber_priv.cpp-276568.patch | patch -p4 –verbose || exit 1
cat $CWD/kcalc.ui-277020.patch | patch -p4 –verbose || exit 1
or apply each of them one by one from the command prompt. I renamed the patches based on the bug number.

Comment from dlee99
Posted: July 18, 2011 at 20:01

Thanks Eric
One thing : The dutch localisation package seems to be empty?

Comment from Carlos Corbacho
Posted: July 19, 2011 at 20:08

The icons in KNode appear to be missing from your packages – I just get oversized question mark icons.

Comment from Slamp
Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:39

will these break upgradability to next version of slackware? or will these be the official kde packages?

thank you btw! i just started using slackware again on my laptop. i have been a fan and running slackware on servers.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 25, 2011 at 22:37

@dlee99 –

During my vacation, the KDE team updated first the ‘nl’, and then all the other language source tarballs.
So I guess I will have to rebuild all of them later this week.

Eric

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 25, 2011 at 22:42

@Slamp –

These are my packages. They are not official Slackware packages. If KDE 4.6 or 4.7 finally gets added to Slackware, they will be Pat’s packages.
That does not mean you break upgradeability of Slackware in any way if you install my KDE 4.6 packages. Slackware is quite upgrade-friendly and my packages are as compatible to the official ones as possible.

Eric

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 25, 2011 at 22:56

@Carlos –

I do not use knode normally but I fired it up, configured it to use my default NNTP server, and subscribed to a few news groups to see how well it works.
I must say, I do not see the issues you have with icons. Everything looks just fine.

Did you perhaps forget to upgrade the oxygen-icons package?

Eric

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 25, 2011 at 23:03

@manciuleas –

I will compile an updated and patched kdeutils package shortly.

Eric

Comment from dimm0k
Posted: July 26, 2011 at 21:58

Any kmail users notice that if you delete a message from your Inbox that’s listed towards the top of the list that after deletion the selector jumps back to the middle of the list? This was not happening before the upgrade to 4.6.5. Proper behavior should be the selector moves to the next message below the deleted one.

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: October 1, 2011 at 08:17

I just took a closer look at your sources for building KDE 4.6.5. Isn’t virtuoso-ose missing in the alldeps.SlackBuild?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 1, 2011 at 14:49

Hi Niki

Yes, that one is missing from the alldeps.SlackBuild, and in the 4.7.1 directory as well. I have fixed that locally, and wih the next package update (either KDE 4.7.2 or some bugfix) they will get uploaded.

Eric

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: October 2, 2011 at 14:48

Until now I’ve always been using Thunderbird within KDE, given the somewhat messy state of KMail in the KDE 4.x series. Now I wonder if the version that ships with KDE 4.6.5 is in a “production” usable state, e. g. no serious bugs, no disappearing mails, etc. What are your experiences with this?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 2, 2011 at 15:39

@Niki

I do not use kmail all that much, I use Thunderbird because that is available acros the OS-es my family and I use (Linux and Windows). But at the times I do use kmail (mainly for checking if it works at all, and for checking other people’s complaints) I have never found issues.

Eric

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: October 2, 2011 at 16:40

Thanks for the fast reply, Eric. I’ve been a Thunderbird user for the last years, also. Now I’m having a curious issue with it. I’m using the Lightning calendar, which only comes as a plugin. I also install it to most of my clients who need a calendar. I recently setup a LAN in a school, with roaming profiles (NFS/NIS). The thing is, we have both 32bit and 64bit clients… and when a user acceeds to his account on a 64bit machine, the Lightning plugin won’t work anymore. Unfortunately the Mozilla Foundation seems to have stopped development of the standalone Sunbird app (which seemed to be near impossible to build on 64bit anyway). So I’m seriously considering a migration to KMail and the whole Kontact/KOrganizer suite. Regarding my clients, I’m following a sort of eat-your-own-dog-food principle, and I try to use the same applications I also install for them.

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: October 4, 2011 at 11:05

Right, here goes. I just installed KDE 4.6.5 on my main workhorse PC, and it ROCKS. Most of the little annoyances from previous versions seem to be ironed out, and I feel working on this machine will be quite pleasurable. One minor glitch though. With desktop effects activated, some windows would sometimes appear black. Switching from OpenGL to XRender corrected the problem. I vaguely suspect my video card (NVidia GeForce 6150) to be a little bit too feeble.

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: October 4, 2011 at 11:06

Post scriptum: THANK YOU, Eric. Huge pat on the shoulder. If you ever come around here in South France, let me pay you a beer or two (or twenty-seven).

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: October 8, 2011 at 17:09

First impressions after working with KDE 4.6.5 for the past week. 1) IT ROCKS! 2) Some minor detail affects removable devices. I deactivated HAL like suggested. Now when I insert a USB key, it gets mounted on /media/MYC4TWR0T3TH4T or some obscure directory. No big deal, but why not /media/disk anymore? And ejecting CDs doesn’t work anymore, clicking on the Eject symbol only unmounts them. No big deal neither. On the other hand, finally the rendering bug on my old NVidia card is corrected and I can have desktop effects without annoying artefacts. Yessss.

Pingback from Recommend a Replacement for KDE? – Page 2
Posted: May 18, 2012 at 16:36

[…] AlienBOB provides KDE 4.6.5 for Slackware 13.37. http://alien.slackbook.org/ktown/4.6.5/ If you're going to update, make sure to read his instructions for everything to go well. I have used them without problems as have many others. His blog entry for those: http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/kde-…ilation-4-6-5/ […]

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 31, 2013 at 01:56

Please note that this article was written two and a half years ago.
Since then, the layout of the repository has changed to support multiple versions of KDE for multiple Slackware releases.

At the root of the ktown repository there is now a “13.37” directory for Slackware 13.37, and the “4.6.5” directory has moved in there.

Eric

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