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In the works: LibreOffice 24.2.0 for Slackware 15.0

Apart from post-COVID syndrome there were some other setbacks lately, but those were mostly software-centered. Like the fact that I can not build a 32bit Chromium package for instance.
But also the realization that the latest LibreOffice 24.2.0 can no longer be compiled on Slackware 15.0 – its gcc 11.2.0 compiler is considered “too old”.
With the help and insight of Pat Volkerding I was able to compile LibreOffice on Slackware 15.0 anyhow:

I need to test the resulting binaries, and I still need to see whether I can repeat this on 32bit Slackware of course… but it looks promising.
More to follow.

Update 2024-Feb-21:

Wed Feb 21 12:41:50 UTC 2024
libreoffice: updated to 24.2.0 for Slackware 15.0 and -current.
Depends on openjdk17.
openjdk17: added v17.0.10_7 for Slackware 15.0 and newer.
Only install one version of Java!

Cheers, Eric


  1. Didier Spaier

    Thanks a lot for that, Eric!

    This version seems to bring worthwhile accessibility enhancement, cf: (in French)
    I have opened a thread about that in the Orca mailing list:
    Not much feedback so far but a least a reliable one from a blind power user:

    A soon as you will release the 64bit package I will post about it in the Slint list.


  2. Didier Spaier

    Erratum: the third link in my previous message was wrong, it should have been:,3

  3. Tim

    thanks for all your work on this. This is one package that I wish was in stock slackware.

  4. Joao

    Thank you very much Eric.

  5. gegechris99

    Hi Eric,

    Great to read from you again.
    Thank you for this new version of LibreOffice.

  6. Didier Spaier

    Up and running in Slint64-15.0, huge thanks Eric!

    Details of installation using slapt-get
    1. Enable the repository
    2. slapt-get –update
    3. slapt-get –search libreoffice|grep alien
    4. slapt-get -s -i libreoffice-l10n-fr-24.2.0-x86_64-1alien
    The output told that openjdk11 would be installed as a dependency (according to the metadata). But as you wrote that openjdk17 was needed instead I did:
    5. slapt-get –search openjdk|grep alien
    6. slapt-get -i openjdk17-17.0.10_7-x86_64-1alien
    7. slapt-get –no-dep -i libreoffice-24.2.0-x86_64-1alien
    8. slapt-get -i libreoffice-l10n-fr-24.2.0-x86_64-1alien
    9. slapt-get -i libreoffice-dict-fr-24.2.0-x86_64-1alien


    • alienbob

      It seems I forgot to update the slack-required file. That will be fixed in the next libreoffice update.

  7. Toutatis

    Is this missing in the openjdk package ?

    ( cd usr/lib64 ; rm -rf )
    ( cd usr/lib64 ; ln -sf java/lib/ )

    • alienbob

      Did you miss it during the last 12 years?

      • Toutatis

        No, but from time to time I “ldd” almost everything, and it was “not found”. And I saw also these two lines in the in the SBo openjdk17

        • alienbob

          Using “ldd” you will get false positives; Java programs find their libraries via the $JAVA_HOME environment variable.
          Also, the ‘openjdk” package contains version 8; latest JDK package version I released is 17. Things change over the course of the years.

  8. Francisco

    Hi Eric, I am glad your health it is better and thanks for your effort keeping libreoffice alive.

  9. Mateusz

    I am glad that you are getting better.
    Thank you for all your efforts.
    Much respect to you!

  10. Jen

    Hey thanks for the libreoffice update!

  11. Petri Kaukasoina

    In current, Python scripts are not seen after move to python 3.11. and try to link to

    • alienbob

      I’ll see if I can find time to fix the package.

      • Petri Kaukasoina

        Thanks for the fix.

  12. Andrew Patrzalek

    Hello Eric,
    Have you, or anyone who uses extensions, run into extensions failing to work with LO 2.4.2?
    The affected extensions which most impact the things I do are:
    AltSearch, codehighlighter2, APSO, MSI.
    As an aside, is it possible that you would have a roll-back packge to
    Thanks for all you do.
    Andrew Patrzalek

    • Andrew Patrzalek

      Typo: LO 24.2.2, not LO 2.4.2

      • Andrew Patrzalek

        MRI not MSI

    • Andrew Patrzalek

      libreoffice-24.2.2-x86_64-2alien.txz has resolved the issue with the extensions.
      Thanks for the quick turnaround.

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