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New libreoffice and flashplayer packages

New packages I think you will like:

I updated my SlackBuild script for LibreOffice, the successor if you want of the OpenOffice suite of applications. The updated script will download all the required source tarballs for you, so that you can separate the download and compilation process (and create packages without having to be on-line). Not having to wait for a source check-out from the on-line git repositories saves alot of time when you are rebuilding the software.

I also made some modifications that were requested through feedback on my original article about LibreOffice. The compiler flags no longer contain “-O2” which should make the resulting binaries compatible with 3rd party OpenOffice extensions. There is no longer a separate “en_US” language pack… it should not have been split off from the main package in the first place. I also added a few more language packs – if you still miss yours, let me know so I can add that too!

And I created symbolic links to allow “related languages” to use the auto-correction feature of the included languages. For instance, if you live in Belgium and your Slackware is using the “nl_BE” locale, LibreOffice will now be using the “nl_NL” autocorrection.

Get the packages and scripts at or

Adobe released a new preview of their Flash Player plugin. Again, both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Linux are catered for.

All I needed to do was wrap the plugin library into a nice Slackware package. After installation, it is available to all mozilla-type browsers on your system. Get the packages plus scripts here:

Enjoy! Eric


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Comment from Nick Blizzard
Posted: December 2, 2010 at 00:39

Installed perfect as usual.. just had to get the English dictionary add-on again 🙂

Comment from michelino
Posted: December 2, 2010 at 01:36

Many many many thank’s…as usual

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Comment from escaflown
Posted: December 2, 2010 at 04:25

Thanks Eric! I got the following error while upgrading to the new vlc package:

Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/gxine.desktop”: Key file contains line ‘x-content/video-svcd’ which is not a key-value pair, group, or comment

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 2, 2010 at 09:24

@escaflown –

I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that error. It is generated when “update-desktop-database” is run and it points out errors in the file that defines the gxine menu entry.

VLC should not be affected by this error.


Comment from spc
Posted: December 2, 2010 at 19:09

Well, this libreoffice fellow is quite huge.Its size. Hmmm… It’s even bigger than O.O 3.2.1. Wasn’t it supposed to be mean & lean??

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 2, 2010 at 21:43

@spc –

I never wrote “mean and lean”. It does start, and work, very fast, which is what matters to me.
I checked the size of the package built for GnomeSlackBuild (this is essentially go-oo I believe but the GSB devs may correct me if I am mistaken), and that is 98 MB in size – fairly comparable to mine (it’s a .txz package as well).

Note that LibreOffice has some stuff incorporated which the old OpenOffice.Org was lacking due to the restrictive policy of SUN and later Oracle. These companies did not want to see capabilities in the openoffice suite that they were selling for money in their commercial versions of the software.

Try it out, then tell me if it was worth the few extra MB.


Comment from escaflown
Posted: December 3, 2010 at 02:54

Thanks again Eric!

Comment from toto
Posted: December 3, 2010 at 11:04

I have very often errors with libreoffice, during startup :

[ 1288.722410] soffice.bin[3345]: segfault at ffffffff8c31c250 ip 00007fe9a5f9d679 sp 00007fff4f18a760 error 4 in[7fe9a5f97000+16000]
[ 1304.305382] soffice.bin[3371]: segfault at 5431c1a0 ip 00007ffc6fc6c679 sp 00007fffdb2da6a0 error 4 in[7ffc6fc66000+16000]
[ 3185.630880] soffice.bin[3851]: segfault at 2c0b3840 ip 00007f4551282679 sp 00007fff0423b740 error 4 in[7f455127c000+16000]
[ 3191.224322] soffice.bin[3876]: segfault at ffffffffb80a4630 ip 00007fedd4c89679 sp 00007fff2cd8bb60 error 4 in[7fedd4c83000+16000]
[ 3194.405191] soffice.bin[3900]: segfault at fffffffff00ad180 ip 00007fe80b291679 sp 00007fff1bac8070 error 4 in[7fe80b28b000+16000]
[ 3197.956714] soffice.bin[3924]: segfault at 68318c60 ip 00007f1284039679 sp 00007fffe843e600 error 4 in[7f1284033000+16000]
[15195.700187] soffice.bin[5563]: segfault at 4017fc20 ip 00007fb95b194679 sp 00007fff60c784c0 error 4 in[7fb95b18e000+16000]
[15211.724442] soffice.bin[5622]: segfault at ffffffffc8318b70 ip 00007fcae44eb679 sp 00007fffd0a09040 error 4 in[7fcae44e5000+16000]
[15223.670346] soffice.bin[5646]: segfault at 140b2510 ip 00007f452dcfd679 sp 00007fffc85bb3a0 error 4 in[7f452dcf7000+16000]

I am using slackware-64-current….

Comment from toto
Posted: December 3, 2010 at 11:10

I have also another problem with okular (probably this has nothing to do with the previous message) from kde 4.5.3. It can’t display postscript, bu dvi and pdf are OK. gv is working well too.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 3, 2010 at 13:13

@toto –

What are you doing in LibreOffice when you get that crash? I see that your crashes always happen in the same libz.1.2.5 library.


Comment from toto
Posted: December 3, 2010 at 13:40

First I run libreoffice from konsole : “ooffice &”
Then several things can happen :
– the program die just after opening the first window
– the main window opens, but the program crashes when I click on the top left item
– It can also work without crashing (but I did no do many things).

Comment from toto
Posted: December 4, 2010 at 14:56

I have also another remark (I don’t know if this is the correct place) about
multilib. I think that a link is missing in /lib.

I tried to install google-earth, which consists of 32-bits programs:

file /d4/google-earth/googleearth-bin gives :
/d4/google-earth/googleearth-bin: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped

ldd /d4/google-earth/googleearth-bin gave :
/usr/bin/ldd: line 118: /d4/google-earth/googleearth-bin: No such file or directory

And in fact google-earth did not work.
After looking around it seems that is missing.
I tried to link and in /lib and google-earth is
running now with that change.
The other 32_bits programs (acroread and peazip) work as before.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 4, 2010 at 21:43


The file /lib/ is part of the LSB version 3 (Linux Standard Base, a framework to allow software vendors to create binaries that work across many different distributions).

Slackware is largely LSB-compliant but does not ship this particular symlink.

Indeed, running “ln -sf /lib/ /lib/” on Slackware (either 32-bit or a multilib system) is entirely acceptable. Creating that symlink will not break anything and apparently it is required for Google Earth now to have that symlink.


Comment from toto
Posted: December 5, 2010 at 12:32

It’s again me with okular and postscript

it seems that /usr/lib6/kde4/ still needs /usr/lib64/, which has been replaced with /usr/lib64/

Comment from dolphin77
Posted: December 6, 2010 at 11:59

Erik, thank you for keeping all of us updated. FYI: libreoffice reached -rc1 stage.

>Dear Community,
>The Document Foundation is proud to announce the availability of LibreOffice 3.3 Release Candidate 1. It is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X from our download page at
>The Document Foundation would like to thank all contributors who made this release possible.

>This release candidate is not intended for production use! >The final release of LibreOffice 3.3, for production use, will be available soon.

>The Steering Committee of The Document Foundation

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 6, 2010 at 16:48

Hi dolphin77

I know what to do tonight then…


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Comment from escaflown
Posted: December 8, 2010 at 06:16

Thanks for the new libreoffice package, Eric! Also, reading the build sources of your slackbuikds has considerably helped me increasing my scripting style 🙂 Thanks for the comments that are always at the right place 🙂

Comment from goat
Posted: December 9, 2010 at 20:42

So…I’m at a loss. Ever since I updated my flashplayer, the sound in Firefox is gone. Video plays smoother than ever, but that doesn’t really matter much without sound. It doesn’t matter if the sound is coming from a flash file or some other kind. I downgraded and the issue is still there.

Any thoughts?(Slackware-current, multilib)

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