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LibreOffice 6.2.7 packages available for Slackware 14.2

There was a recent update in my repository of LibreOffice packages, but that libreoffice-6.3.2 was just for slackware-current.

There’s a recent release in the LibreOffice 6.2 stable series as well (ok… five weeks ago, not that recent…), and so I decided to use my build box’s free weekend to come up with packages for LibreOffice 6.2.7.
This release has a security improvement over previous versions, in that it will popup a warning to the user if a document tries to run an embedded script (similar to existing warning mechanism for embedded macros).

As you may know, the Document Foundation advises the 6.2.x series for use in production environments while the 6.3.x series is targeted at technology enthousiasts. Precisely why I have 6.3.x in the repository for -current and 6.2.x will be available for users of our stable Slackware 14.2.

Note: I am no longer including support for KDE4. The “libreoffice-kde-integration” package is no longer available for the 6.2.x releases in my repository and you should “removepkg” the older version if you have that installed. The KDE4 support in LibreOffice 6 has been broken for a while and your Office applications will run great on KDE4 without that “KDE integration”. The LibreOffice UI will be based on GTK3 widgets instead and KDE4’s theming engine will make that its User Interface blends in properly.
For the libreoffice-6.3 series and onwards, I will again build ‘libreoffice-kde-integration’ sub-packages but then targeting Qt5 and KDE5. That works really well.

Enjoy! Eric


  1. fabio

    working flawlessly on 14.2 without kde-integration. Thank you!

  2. Mark Foley

    Not so sure about that “your Office applications will run great on KDE4 without that ‘KDE integration'” bit. After installing 6.2.7 it *mostly* worked, but none of the drop-down menus on the Calc ribbon would actually drop-down. No ability to change font or background color, borders, etc. I reverted back to 6.0.2 (with KDE Integration) and all ribbon drop-downs are back to working.

    I’m running Slackware64 14.2, KDE4 with all latest updates.

    • alienbob

      Check that in /etc/profile.d/ you have not inadvertently un-commented a line for KDE UI support.

      • Mark Foley

        My /etc/profile.d/ (with 6.2.7) is:

        # To force the use of a certain VCL UI interface, use one of these envvars.
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gen
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=kde4
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3_kde5
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=kde5
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=qt5
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk
        #export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3

        Everything is commented. Odd that these drop-downs work for you. I don’t have access to another system at the moment, but will try to get that and check this on another machine ASAP.

  3. Hubert Phava

    After upgrade from former version, no luck with KDE. I receive thei error: “Couldn’t exec startkde: No such file or directory”. Read the README, reinstalled twice, rebooted, nvidia uninstall, reboot, nvidia reinstall, still same error. Any idea Eric?

    • alienbob

      Are you drunk today? The question has zero relevance to the topic above. FYI, yesterday’s post on this blog (the October update of KDE Plasma5) discusses this issue of yours at length and also has the solution.

  4. Hubert Phava

    Sorry, i’ve forgottn to say in my post: slackware64–current, last update today 16 october

  5. Hubert Phava

    Eic, my apologize… Forgot my two last posts, confusely written with “links”.
    Now i’ve read the right section comments of the blog and solved the problem.
    Sorry again… :-(((


  6. Regnad Kcin

    I use scim for Chinese simplified (smart pinyin) input. scim doesn’t seem to like qt5 so I dont get any chinese input for libreoffice now unless i select one of the gtk alternatives such as export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3. That does indeed work. I have used the “sogou” alternative input tool with Ubuntu but I dont like sogou or ubuntu much. I found some note that the providers of scim have been flummoxed by qt5 but I will be looking for an alternative.

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