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New multilib packages for slackware-current

 Earlier today, there was a massive update to Slackware-current. The ride was fun, and I am fairly certain we’ll see some breakage. In fact, we found some already and fixed that in a quick update (mounting of Samba shares was broken after splitting the mount utility for Samba shares into its own “cifs-utils” package).

So, what was updated? The highlights of this batch are:

  • the version of the next release is known: it will be “Slackware 14″.
  • kernel is now 3.2.21 – we will likely stick with the 3.2 series since that will get long-term support.
  • KDE moved up to 4.8.4 (meaning that I can remove my own packages for that version from my ktown repository).
  • gcc was bumped to 4.7.1 to accompany the new kernel.
  • glibc was patched to fix a regression
  • python got updated to 2.7.3 (the switch from the old 2.6.x version meant that every package needed to be recompiled which depends on python)
  • the network scripts (rc.inet1) got support for setting up betwork bridges – something I use every day because it allows me to make my Virtual Machines accessible from other computers in my LAN.
  • lots of other individual updates (the complete ChangeLog.txt entry of “Mon Jun 25 05:17:48 UTC 2012” measures more than 300 lines)

And since glibc was rebuilt and gcc updated, I needed to create multilib versions of those.

They can be found here (all of the mirrors below also offer rsync access):


The update to attica-0.4.0 in slackware-current broke many packages of my KDE 4.9-beta2 set. Head over to my other blog post to find out how to fix that easily!

Have fun! Eric


Comment from crond
Posted: June 25, 2012 at 21:55

hi eric,
just now I used slackpkg to update the entire system from stable 13.37 to do KDE4.9 testing.
As of now KDE is 4.8.4
I am facing a issue with that.
In the panel I have
1. kick off application launcher
which is not showing a pop-up menu when I click that. It was ok with Slackware 13.37’s KDE version.
Now, I added
2. Application Launcher, which is working fine.

Comment from crond
Posted: June 25, 2012 at 21:58

hmm…posted in wrong place. re-posted in concern place.
Just ignore the previous post

Comment from Helios
Posted: June 26, 2012 at 12:17

Thank you for the multilib packages.
In kde-4.9.0beta2 , soprano and shared-desktop-ontologies seem newer than in slackware-current. I have not updated them. Should I do itr ?

Comment from Helios
Posted: June 26, 2012 at 12:27

I found also that /usr/bin/superkaramba depends on

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 26, 2012 at 14:29

Hi Helios

Yes! If you installed KDE 4.9-beta2 you should also update the “deps” which I supplied.

If you find applications in KDE 4.9-beta2 which depend on the older python2.6 then it should be possible to apply the same trick as I described for attica. Multilple python versions can co-exist, and the symlink “/usr/bin/python” will point to the most recent python version which was installed on the system,.


Comment from escaflown
Posted: June 27, 2012 at 03:53

I hope you the KDE rc1 builds will come out soon.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 27, 2012 at 14:02


I am already compiling the 4.9-rc1 packages. The sources should see an official release today, but they made the sources available to packagers only one day in advance of release. I may not be ready in time for the official announcement.


Comment from escaflown
Posted: June 27, 2012 at 17:14

Thanks for the hard work Eric! rc1 will help also with the update in -current for those wo don’t ant two maintain two versions of attica and python

Comment from cowlitzron
Posted: June 27, 2012 at 18:32

I made the multilib update. Af first, I held unto the Alien Pastures version of KDE 4.8.4. But, then X wouldn’t start. Then I removed the Alien exclusion from slaptgetrc and did another update which brought in KDE 4.8.4 from Slackware current. I also removed Soprano 2.7.57 and installed Soprano 2.7.6. Now, KDE 4.8.4 is working well and looks to be of final release quality.

Comment from Helios
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 13:45

After upgrading slackware-current and multilib, Acrobat Reader (which is a 32bits program) did not work : was missing. It was not needed before.
I had to “convertpkg-compat32″ the package xz and install the resulting package.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 14:32


Did you also upgrade the compat32 packages? The converted slackware-current package aaa_elflibs-compat32-13.37-x86_64-7.txz contains and the symlink (note that Slackware 13.37 had


Comment from Helios
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 18:14

You are right, I did not install aaa_elflibs-compat32-13.37-x86_64-7.txz, but everything seemed to work well before without it. In fact I have only 3 32bits programs working now : acrobat reader, avast and peazip.

Comment from Abdur-Rahman Rozell
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 17:29

Did a massconvert32 with Slackware64-14B1
install all packages and remastered the iso to do a clean install with the mulitilib packages get the following error with:
cat: can’t open ‘etc/gtk-2.0/’ : No such
file or directory

Comment from alienbob
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 21:13

Abdur-Rahman Rozell,

Don’t worry about that message, it is harmless. The file /etc/gtk-2.0/im-multipress.conf already exists, it is installed by the gtk+2 package and it is removed from the -compat32 package.


Comment from David
Posted: October 16, 2012 at 13:19


I have installed slackware14.0 64bit, I have created 10gb slack.img image and installed custom package for that. It is installed,

While login I am unable to login, getting error.

root@slack1464bit:~# chroot /mnt/slack1464
chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash': No such file or directory

Thanks for advance.


Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 16, 2012 at 21:25

Hi David

From your story it is not clear what you have installed in that Slackware directory where you are ‘chrooting’ into.
You mention a “custom package” but do not explain any further.

Please open a thread on a Slackware forum like which is more appropriate for generic support questions like your have. My blog is not a support forum really. It does not look like your issue is multilib related.


Comment from David
Posted: October 17, 2012 at 04:12

Dear Eric,

Thanks for your reply,

1. I have installed slackware14.0 (64bit) in my local machine.

2. I have created the 10 gb image space in slackware machine using below command.
(dd if=/dev/zero of=slack14.img bs=1M count=10075).

3. I have format the image (slack14.img). and
mount the slack14.img in /mnt/slack1464.
4. I have installed the custom package through ruby script. The custom package for
installed without any error.

After that While login the mounting image (/mnt/slack1464).

root@slack1464bit:~# chroot /mnt/slack1464
chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: No such file or directory

earlier I have created the .img image in (slackware13.1 & 13.37) without any error.

But I am getting the error in Slackware14.0 64bit only.

Thanks for advance.


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