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KDE 4.14.3 now also for Slackware 14.1

qt-kde-620x350 I updated my ktown repository today with KDE 4.14.3 packages for Slackware 14.1. Yes that’s right, 14.1. I had promised in my previous post that I would come up with these packages after Slackware-current had been officially upgraded to KDE 4.14.3 but I was sitting on these packages and thought, what the heck. So here you have them.

The set has been spiced up with the latest Long Term Support (LTS) sources that I took from KDE Applications 14.12.3, specifically the newest versions of kde-workspace, kdelibs and kdepim. Essentially, I have used the exact same sources from which I built my KDE 4.14.3 packages for Slackware-current before.

Note that there are new packages, upgraded packages and to-be-removed packages here. Some people forget to install the new packages (in particular the new dependencies) and end up with a broken system. As usual, the README file which accompanies this release contains the detailed installation and upgrade instructions. Read these instructions carefully and your upgrade on Slackware 14.1 from either the stock KDE 4.10.5 or my own 4.13.3 will be easy and painless.

My previous article on KDE 4.14.3 plus LTS (at that time, targeting slackware-current) contains more information that you might want to read.

These are the servers that are guaranteed to have the packages right now (in 24 hours the other mirrors will likely have synced as well):

Have fun! Eric


Comment from Robin
Posted: April 7, 2015 at 22:50

Hi Eric. Just wanted to check if you have included this patch in your build:

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 8, 2015 at 09:18

Hi Robin

Your question has nothing to do with KDE 4.14.3 for Slackware 14.1
You should have added your comment to the Plasma 5 article instead, where it may have relevance.
And the answer is: no. You could have checked it yourself by the way, my build sources are public. Why, have you run into this issue?

Comment from Ricardo J. Barberis
Posted: April 8, 2015 at 14:32

Terrific news, thank you Eric!

Comment from Alex
Posted: April 8, 2015 at 23:16

Terrific, thanks, Eric!

Comment from Diego Aguirre
Posted: April 9, 2015 at 14:23

Hi Eric,

Thanks for 4.14.3, but i think that amarok must be rebuilded too. it was strange behaviors and is not wornking with GStreamer backend.

Comment from fabio
Posted: April 9, 2015 at 16:09

Great new for Stable! thanks Eric. Diego Aguirre, it’s not amarok, gstreamer produces no sound in it’s present version included.

Comment from william
Posted: April 9, 2015 at 19:03

Thanks a lot man.

Comment from cesarion76
Posted: April 9, 2015 at 23:36

Hi Eric, thanks for your hard work on KDE. I also have no sound on Amarok with gstreamer and your VLC backend. I didin’t tested with the mplayer and xine ones yet. I’m running 14.1.

Also, when I check my KDE version it shows 4.14.6 and not 4.14.3 as supposed. Maybe I did something wrong when updating?

I used slackpkg+ :

slackpkg update
slackpkg install ktown
slackpkg upgrade-all

I ‘ve verified had removed

best regards

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 10, 2015 at 08:35

Hi cesarion76

The version which KDE reports in its “about” boxes is the version of kdelibs. And that package is part of Long Term Support (LTS): it was upgraded to 4.14.6.
So while most of KDE is 4.14.3, the kdelibs and kdepim packages are at 4.14.6 and that’s what you see when you check the version of KDE.

About your sound issue, I don’t have an answer for you. Some people fixed their sound issue by reverting the phonon-gstreamer package back to Slackware’s own package.

Comment from Diego Aguirre
Posted: April 10, 2015 at 13:13

reverting the phonon-gstreamer package back to Slackware’s own package solves amarok sound problems. Have better audio quality then vlc backend and replaygain works.

Comment from Juan Tovar
Posted: April 11, 2015 at 17:14

Hi Eric

Thank you very much for all the hard work you put in. Apart from having Amarok sound problems, kmail is also having problems syncing my yahoo inbox from imap account it stops at 12%, other folders work flawlessly. Its not a yahoo issue, i checked with thunderbird and it syncs perfectly. It syncs Gmail imap works perfectly.

Any ideas?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 11, 2015 at 21:23

Hi Juan

Looks like kmail has had, or still has, issues with the Yahoo IMAP servers which are running Courier IMAP. Lots of bug reports about this, like

One reports that it should have been fixed in 4.14.5 but we are now using 4.14.6 and you’re still having it:

May be related to akonadi too. Try running this in a Konsole:
akonadictl restart
and then try to re-sync your mailbox in kmail. Watch for error messages in the Konsole where akonadi was restarted.

Comment from gauchao
Posted: April 11, 2015 at 22:40

Great, Eric. Thank you! Even though I use fluxbox, I like some KDE applications, like Okular, K3b and Dolphin. Do you know if KDE 4 will still receice upgrades or will the project advance entirely to Plasma5 ? All the best!

Comment from Alex
Posted: April 12, 2015 at 01:01

As I had no sound with Amarok, initially, I played around with the different backends. Amarok works here with VLC backend only. With GStreamer, just nothing happens. With Xine the progress bar moves, at least, so the music is playing, just without audio output. Finally, with the MPlayer backend, like with GStreamer, not even the progress bar moves.

Comment from Juan Tovar
Posted: April 12, 2015 at 01:11

Alex, i just fixed that problem. I reverted to phonon-gstreamer package back to Slackware’s own package and installed gst-plugins-bad, gst-plugins-ugly and gst-ffmpeg. All of them compiled from Amarok is working perfectly now.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 12, 2015 at 13:16

gauchao, as you can see in my article, KDE is still releasing new versions for KDE 4 components as Long Term Support. Those are ldelibs, kde-workspace and kdepim.
I do not know what their schedule is, i.e. until when they are intending to keep releasing LTS tarballs.

Comment from Ricardo J. Barberis
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 17:59


Aanyone havong trouble with kdeconnect after upgrading?

Mine keeps crashing everytime with kdeconnect-kde-0.7.3, I’ll try to downgrade to 0.7.2 and see what happens.

Comment from Ricardo J. Barberis
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 18:15

Well, I would downgrade but I cant’t find kdeconnect-kde-0.7.2 🙂

What I did was remove kdeconnect-kde-0.7.3 and install kdeconnect-0.8 from SBo, it seems to be working fine so far (fingers crossed).

WRT amarok and the new phonon:

I saw that there’s a package qt-gstreamer1 in ktown, I installed it but haven’t tried recompiling amarok against it.

Could tha allow amarok to work with the new phonon-gstreamer?

I’ll probably try it over the weekend an report back, if noone beats me to it 🙂

Comment from Urka58
Posted: April 14, 2015 at 18:26

There’s a little issue with kdnssd in the install procedure as it seems it isn’t in the files list neither of 14.1 nor of -current.
So, when I tried manually to remove the unnecessary packages of the old 4.10 I got the message kdnssd was not installed.
Not a big issue, but you may want to fix it in the installation procedure (if confirmed, of course).
Great job 🙂 new KDE is working perfectly well

Comment from Matt
Posted: April 18, 2015 at 16:45

I also got Amarok to work again by installing Slackware 14.1’s l/phonon-gstreamer. Not sure if there’s a better solution, but this one works.

Comment from gegechris99
Posted: April 19, 2015 at 21:55

My belated thanks for making KDE 4.14 available for Slackware 14.1. I’ve just upgraded from KDE 4.13.

As suggested by Matt, I kept the stock phonon-gstreamer package to make sure Amarok works (and it works!!).

Comment from Ben
Posted: June 10, 2015 at 01:15

Hey Eric,

Thanks for these packages – I’ve upgraded to these 4.14.3 packages on SL 14.1. I’m running into an issue with Gwenview – it’s throwing KIPI errors like this:
“Cannot load library /usr/lib64/kde4/ ( cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)”

Here are the files that I do have on my system (not in kde4/):
$ ls /usr/lib64/ | grep dcraw

Any thoughts?


Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 10, 2015 at 15:15

Hi Ben

That file which gives a linker error, “/usr/lib64/kde4/” is not part of my own KDE packages. Check /var/log/packages to see what package has installed this file. My guess is: digikam. You will have to recompile that package.

Comment from Ben
Posted: June 11, 2015 at 01:15

Thanks for you reply! I re-installed digikam, and now I don’t get those plugin errors in gwenview.

I can’t seem to import images through gwenview or the kio camera:/ protocol (no images show up). I can see the images on the camera in digikam, so I have a work-around, but it’d be nice to get gwenview-importer working if anyone knows what that issue might be.

Comment from Janis
Posted: July 13, 2015 at 19:05

I had a problem after upgrade from 4.13.3 to 4.14.3 – kwin cried for – I had to manually create respective symlink from

Comment from alienbob
Posted: July 13, 2015 at 23:08

Strange, you are the first to report this issue, but not the first to download and install it…

Comment from Janis
Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:13

… no comments… I try to keep specific computer as close to the standard 14.1 as possible, besides installing all updates.
Even reinstallation of *xcb* from x/ did not help.

Comment from Dima
Posted: October 10, 2015 at 23:02

Looks like you forget to include qt directory. There is qt dir in script but there is no such directory on

Trying to compile & install new KDE using instructions here: After

# ./updates.SlackBuild

I am receiving this errors:
./updates.SlackBuild: line 51: cd: qt: No such file or directory
./updates.SlackBuild: line 52: ./qt.SlackBuild: No such file or directory
qt failed to build

Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 11, 2015 at 10:34

No, I removed the qt directory because on June 11th, there was a security update to Slackware 14.1 which gave us a properly patched Qt 4.8.7 (this same version including the required patches also landed in slackare-current). From that moment on, I no longer needed to carry my own patched version of the qt package.

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