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KDE Software Compilation 4.6.4

I may have been ranting about KDE’s future policies on source code packaging, but that does not mean I am unhappy with the software. Much to the contrary! So here it is again:

KDE team is proud to announce the release of KDE Software Compilation 4.6.4 – and I built you some nice packages for Slackware. This version of the KDE SC is probably not going to end up in Slackware in the next few days (Pat Volkerding is showing his face on the South East Linux Fest (SELF) of which Slackware is a “bronze” sponsor) so I took my chances. If you want to keep updated on the changes in these KDE packages, please subscribe to my ktown repository’s RSS feed.
You have to be running Slackware 13.37 (32bit or 64bit) or newer in order to use these packages. They were built on slackware-current. Please read the accompanying README file for installation and upgrade instructions!

This is the fourth incremental release in the 4.6 series, meaning it’s mostly bugfixes and translation enhancements. Functionally there is nothing spectacular. Nevertheless, some of the highlights of my package set:

  • Packages of the stable release 4.6.0 of kdepim and kdepim-runtime are included as well. YES! The 4.6 release of the KDEPIM suite has taken a long time to stabilize, after it had basically been re-written from scratch.
  • Updated dependencies since KDE 4.6.3 if you have that installed already: akonadi, libssh.
  • 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 of course – the new KDE bluetooth stack which is based on the BlueZ libraries already present in Slackware. It got added to “kde”. 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 4.6.4 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):

Thanks to the many KDE developers, sysadmins, advocates and documentation writers, and whomever I may have forgotten. KDE is simply the best desktop environment around.

Have fun! Eric


Comment from Ben
Posted: June 10, 2011 at 16:19

Thanks! How does kdepim seem so far?

Comment from Joao Assuncao
Posted: June 10, 2011 at 16:20

Great news!!!
A big, big thank you. Keep up with the excellent work.

Comment from zbreaker
Posted: June 10, 2011 at 17:20

Eric…you’re the best..many thanks for this. Just in time for a little weekend tinkering!

Comment from witchlord
Posted: June 10, 2011 at 17:30

Eric – the best!!!

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: June 10, 2011 at 18:00

Start mirroring itnow 🙂

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 01:49


There are two duplicated QScintilla package on the x86/deps/
can you please remove the old one?


Comment from escaflown
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 04:03

Thanks Eric! I’m really excited about this one because of the inclusion of the stable release of kdepim. I became over time a big fun of Kontact. I like how it integrates everything in one windows: my emails, my google calendar (thanks to akonadi-google, my rss subscriptions, my google contacts, journal, notes, to-do list …) 🙂

Comment from David
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 08:57

Congratulations and many thanks to KDE Team and Eric for the great work!

Comment from bonaire
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 09:34

Is it possible to update the PACKAGES.TXT? It points to inexistent file location which breaks slapt-get.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:02

@bonaire –

Without telling me what exactly is that inexistent file location, I can’t do much. I do not use slapt-get so I can not check.


Comment from bonaire
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:12

The file
holds a wrong PACKAGE LOCATION for the not rebuilt packages.

PACKAGE LOCATION: ./4.6.3/x86/deps
PACKAGE LOCATION: ./4.6.1/x86/deps

It seems that slapt-get uses this file to build the download link.

Comment from Thomas Løcke
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:34

Awesome work Eric. Works a charm and it has even fixed an annoying graphic glitch I had with 4.5.5. Thumbs up from me.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:35

@bonaire –

You are absolutely right.
I have fixed my repository script, and re-generated all meta files. You should no longer have issues with slapt-get.
Willy may want to re-sync his ktown mirror anyway because I removed the old QScintilla files that were left accidentally.

Thanks, Eric

Comment from White Widow
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:39

I have upgraded kde 4.6.3 to 4.6.4 and now System Settings don t work.

“System Settings was unable to find any views, and hence has nothing to display”

Some help please

Comment from alienbob
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:52

No idea White Widow, systemsettings work fine here.
Do you see any errors when you run the command “systemsettings” in a terminal? Perhaps you are missing a library.


Comment from bonaire
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 13:59

Excellent! It is working now 🙂

Comment from White Widow
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 14:10

Thanks for replying so quickly alienbob

Console: systemsettings
“systemsettings(7868): KUniqueApplication: Cannot find the D-Bus session server: “Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.”

systemsettings(7867): KUniqueApplication: Pipe closed unexpectedly.#

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 15:42

I have re-synced just now and it’s working great

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 15:44

@White Widow
Have you restarted your system after upgrading?
Sometimes, you get a strange error after upgrading, but it will be gone after you restart yours system and/or logout KDE and re-login

Comment from White Widow
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 16:26

Working now.
It seems rsync missed 4 ou 5 packages in kde folder.
I have just installed those packages and rebooted.

Thanks willy

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: June 11, 2011 at 16:55

Working great here in Kentucky! Thanks, Eric. 🙂

Comment from Dimitris
Posted: June 12, 2011 at 23:29

A big thanks for the packages 🙂
After the upgrade I removed the executable bit from /etc/rc.d/rc.hald to see if KDE can manage without HAL, but now I have no write permissions to my removable devices (usb sticks etc.). Any ideas? Should I re-enable HAL?

Comment from pcelka
Posted: June 13, 2011 at 11:54

Thanks for the packages Eric! Very good job!

@Dimitris: a quick and ugly way to retrieve write permission on ntfs devices:

ln -s /bin/ntfs-3g /sbin/mount.ntfs

Comment from Dimitris
Posted: June 14, 2011 at 21:26


Thanks, I don’t know why it’s ugly, but it does work 🙂

Comment from e-Zak
Posted: June 15, 2011 at 02:33

Great work Eric. Thanks.

Comment from KupoB
Posted: June 15, 2011 at 11:14

Hi Eric,

(once again) Thanks for the great work!!!

I have a quick question – Why not upgrading Qt to a version that contains (a lot of) bug-fixes like 4.7.3? Or it’s up to Pat?

Comment from e-Zak
Posted: June 15, 2011 at 15:31

Eric, I was receiving a lot of these messages on .xsession-errors:

kded(1859) PowerDevilUPowerBackend::brightness: org.kde.powerdevil.backlighthelper.brightness failed
kded(1859) PowerDevilUPowerBackend::setBrightness: org.kde.powerdevil.backlighthelper.setbrightness failed

Using The Oracle (google actually) I found this post on KDE forum which solved my issue:

I don’t know the drawbacks of this change though, but if none, perhaps you should consider adding this change in your next KDE build.


Comment from e-Zak
Posted: June 15, 2011 at 16:31

Talked too soon. Problem is back again.

Still researching…

Comment from Mike
Posted: June 15, 2011 at 18:05

Hi Eric,
It seems like the need for an update to mesa is still required to run KDE 4.6.4 on certain Intel video cards like the x4500MHD. After the upgrade a simple alt-tab with desktop effects enabled sent me back to a KDM login screen. I haven’t upgraded Mesa yet but the last time I tried that it seemed the fix the issue. Thanks again for the work you do for Slackware.


Comment from Marc
Posted: June 28, 2011 at 13:00

Alright, this is neat!

But i have no luck getting bluedevil to work. Or better: i can’t get my Dell BT Travel Mouse connected. It is recognized, but it fails to connect using the bluetooth device wizard.

For the rest, keep up the good work!

And a big thanks.

Comment from Chan Kit
Posted: July 7, 2011 at 17:55

Upgrading mesa to 7.10.2 or disabling desktop effects will fix the segmentation fault issue when attempting to use any desktop effects.

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