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Libreoffice 3.3.3 versus 3.4.0

I uploaded Slackware packages for LibreOffice 3.3.3 last week but never mentioned that on my blog.

As promised earlier, I will try to keep building packages of the 3.3 series on Slackware 13.1 for as long as the libreoffice-3.4.x series is considered “experimental” or “unstable”.

It looks from what I saw in the #libreoffice IRC channel that it we will have to wait at least until 3.4.2 to see a “stable” release in the 3.4 series. So there you have it… my libreoffice-3.3.3 packages, built on Slackware 13.1 but they should work on Slackware 13.37 too. If you run into compatibility issues on Slackware 13.37 please let me know!

Get them at any of the following sites (and look in the “13.1” directories, not the “13.37” directories!):

If you feel adventurous and are running Slackware 13.37, you could use my libreoffice-3.4.0 packages. I heard about some crashes of 3.4.0 (mainly in calc) which possibly relate to the cached extensions in your ~/.libreoffice directory. If you experience bad behaviour of LibreOffice, try removing the “tmp” directory below “~/.libreoffice/3/user/extensions/” and if that is not doing it, also remove the “shared” and “bundled” directories you find there.



  1. Adriano Gripp

    Hi Eric,

    firstly let me thank you and all people around slackware, great job you all!!!! I have been using it for years and years and have never sent a word of thanks… no time, not a good excuse, sorry… changing this now, I hope… 😉

    Anyway, thing is, I’m using your libreoffice packages and since I upgrade to 3.4 I’m having problems with spreadsheets… I’ve just tried deleting .libreoffice all together (no specific configuration anyway) to no avail… I’m going back to 3.3.3.

    The problem is memory related, it just freeze my machine for a time and then crashes. It’s the only situation when I see my machine using swap memory… after crash everything else take a time to come back working, probably the time to read swap back to memory and the next start of libreoffice ask for document recovery, if you try it, crash again…

    well, sad to much, it was just to let you know my experience.

    Thanks for all the great work!


    off topic ps: for some time now I’m trying using qemu/kvm with qemu option to add a smb mount (using samba), but the virtual machine crashes when I try to access the samba mount, any ideas? haven’t found much on the net…

  2. Diego Pineda

    Hello Eric,

    I too would like to thank you for all of your diligent work. I have been a reader of pastures now for over a year, and have made extensive use of your contributions to Slackware (multilib packages, pxe-server setup).

    Quick note on your libreO-3.3 release: when I attempted to build from source, several of the required build packages were no longer available for download. The problem I am sure is elementary–it looks like they’ve moved some stuff around in their server.

    I’m sure the 3.3 build will hit the back-burner considering 3.4.1 final is released. I understand it takes considerable time and dedication to make these releases. Just thought I’d let you know.


  3. alienbob


    To verify your download issue, I ran “libreoffice.SlackBuild –download” as well as “libreoffice33.SlackBuild –download”.
    Even though some of the downloads had a bit of trouble getting through – with messages like “Read error (Connection reset by peer) in headers.” eventually all files downloaded properly. For versions 3.3.3 as well as 3.4.1.


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