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February 2018
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LibreOffice 6 packaged for Slackware

The new major release ‘6’ of LibreOffice was made available almost two weeks ago but I have been struggling with the 32bit build. Despite the fact that my 64bit -current packages for libreoffice-6.0.0 were online for a short while (almost nobody noticed), I did not have anything good to share so I removed those again.
And in the meantime, faster than scheduled because of some serious regressions and a security report, I noticed the release of version 6.0.1 two days ago. I had been busy with new Plasma5, VLC and GCC packages but with those out of the way I set myself again to the task of fixing the 32bit build. And I nailed it, so now I can finally announce packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current.

There’s a lot to write about what has been improved or added to LibreOffice 6, the release page names quite a few already and here is a selection of features that I found striking:

  • modernized look & feel of the user interface
  • gpg-based document signing & encryption, yay!
  • export to epub
  • better unicode font coverage by including a selection of noto fonts
  • improved spell-checker and custom dictionaries
  • improved help system
  • interactive form creation through a new ‘form’ menu in writer
  • impress templates are re-designed into 16:9 format
  • etc…

The Document Foundation has also recorded a video summarizing the best new features of LibreOffice 6. i invite you to take a look at it.

You can get the new libreoffice-6.0.1 packages from my repository or any mirror, like:

I have also added this release of LibreOffice to my just-uploaded PLASMA5 Live ISO which is based on Plasma 5.12 LTS.


Comment from CWizard
Posted: February 11, 2018 at 17:41

Wow, have you been busy!!!!!
Many thanks. Works as advertised.

Comment from kjhambrick
Posted: February 11, 2018 at 20:06

Thank you Eric !

Upgraded libreoffice-5.4.4 with version 6.0.1 on my Slackware64 14.2 + Multilib Laptop.

Works very well for my use-cases.

Thanks again.

— kjh

Comment from gauchao
Posted: February 11, 2018 at 22:34

I know it is never enough, Eric, but thank you again!

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Comment from Victor
Posted: February 13, 2018 at 11:50

Thank you Eric !

Comment from Lysander
Posted: February 13, 2018 at 23:43

Great to see you’ve been working on the 32bit since that’s what I use. Thank you so much, Eric. I’m so pleased there are people like you out there working hard to support 32bit archs.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 14, 2018 at 00:07

Well enjoy the packages y’all 🙂

Comment from nik
Posted: February 14, 2018 at 08:55

Thanks for all the great job alienbob!

After upgrading libreoffice I get this error:

/usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/ undefined symbol: _ZTVN6icu_6013UnicodeStringE

Any thoughts on that?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 14, 2018 at 16:55

nik what version of Slackware are you running (14.2 or -current) and what is the URL of the package you downloaded and installed?

Comment from nik
Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:57

I’m sorry for not mentioning that info…

I use 14.2 (multilib) and I downloaded everything from here:

The libreoffice packages I installed were:

I also had to update some packages with the following versions:


and make some symbolic links in /usr/lib64/, due to related messages:
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s
ln -s

This is the message I get when I try to load LO:
bash-4.3$ libreoffice
/usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/ undefined symbol: _ZTVN6icu_6013UnicodeStringE

I also checked it with strings:
root@darkstar:~# strings /usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/ |grep _ZTVN6icu_6013UnicodeStringE

I hope this info is helpfull.

Comment from peebee
Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:52

Hi Eric
Many thanks…..
Using the 32-bit current version with the quickstarter in the systray…..
Only problem is that after a period (unquantified) it starts to consume 100% of 1 core
Can be “cured” by restarting the desktop (LXDE).
Similar to, but not the same as previous LO/glib2 problems.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:58

nik if you are running Slackware 14.2 you should *never* use packages in the “current” directory of my repository… there’s a “14.2” directory to which contains the package that works with Slackware 14.2.
The libreoffice I compile on Slackware-current simply won’t work on 14.2 because of all the incompatible library updates that occurred between the release of 14.2 and today’s state of development in -current.

Comment from nik
Posted: February 15, 2018 at 12:02

Thanks for clarifying that alienbob!

Occasionally I have used packages from -current to my system without problems.
I’ll get back to a 14.2 package…

Have a good day!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 15, 2018 at 14:35

nik, you have already upgraded several other packages to “current”,like glibc and gcc. It may be wise to review your installed packages and revert *everything* to Slackware 14.2 packages. Else you will keep running into missing library issues and/or application crashes.

Comment from nik
Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:13

I am now aware of that (thanks again for noting) and will do so!
Keep up the great work and many thanks again for your overall efforts.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: February 16, 2018 at 15:12

Hi Eric. Thanks again! Works like a charm!

Comment from BrianA_MN
Posted: February 19, 2018 at 17:34

Hi Erik, thank you for making packages of the latest LOO. On Slackware64-14.2+multilib, LOO 6.0.1 (for 14.2) installed with slackpkg+. However, when attempting to verify java set to openjdk8 LOO is crashing when clicking on Tools>Options. Tested with multiple odb files. Crash doesn’t happen with LOO 5, but with LOO 5 the automatic filters is so slow I can’t use it. Don’t have the crash in AOO 4.1.5. Any suggestions on how to investigate this crash? Thanks.

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