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Multilib version of Slackware’s “11-11-11” glibc

 The glibc packages in Slackware -current were updated to 2.14.1 a few days ago. Unfortunately, a couple of issues were reported, you will find them in this LinuxQuestions thread.

Since I had to compile my multilib version of glibc still, I decided to wait a bit with releasing them, and that allowed me to find and apply the patch reported in the above thread that seems to solve the issues. The patch comes from Linux From Scratch and appears to be upstream fixes that are going to be in the next release of glibc. I upgraded my laptop with this new multilib glibc package, and can confirm that applications like firefox, libreoffice, calibre, mplayer run without any issues here.

I know that several people have mentioned this patch to Pat Volkerding already, and if the patch gets applied to Slackware’s glibc package I will simply rename my own multilib versions from “1alien” to “2alien” in order to stay in sync with the versioning of the originals.

Along with the updated mulitilib glibc packages, I also uploaded a new version of the “compat32-tools” package to the “current” section, containing a bug-fixed convertpkg-compat32 script. I also refreshed the “slackware64-compat32” subdirectory which contains the packages converted by the “” script.



  1. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

    It has been updated on -Current

  2. escaflown

    Hi Eric. Somehow, the new vlcgit build is not working here. It launches properly and when I try to open a regular file or a UPNP file, it just freezes. I tried to launch from konsole to see if there were any error messages, but nothing…

  3. alienbob

    Hi Escaflown

    I can not reproduce it here. Running XFCE at the moment, and the file-open dialog works fine. I can’t remember if I tested the new package in KDE yet.

    I surely don’t hope that the old file-open bug in KDE has returned.


  4. Jeffrey

    Thank you very much!

  5. Helios

    I would like to know where /usr/include/rpc/xdr.h has escaped ?
    I tried to compile “asymptote”, which complains about XDR missing.

  6. Helios

    PS : this seems not to be a specific multilib problem.

  7. escaflown

    Hi Eric. Are you planning to release slackbuilds for KDE 4.8 RC1 so that we can pre-test it?

  8. alienbob

    Hi escaflown

    It’s only Beta 1, not Release Candidate 1…

    Building beta packages? That would just take up too much of my time. Looking back at the packagers mailing list, there are issues with all KDE beta releases: finding dependencies, finding patches for broken builds, recompiling and recompiling, …

    When there really is a RC1, I may try, but don’t have too high hopes.


  9. escaflown

    I’m crossing fingers, Eric 🙂

  10. Diego


    Is possible that the rsync at is not update ?

    Because I still se glibc-2.13 there.

    am I looking at the wrong rsync server ?

  11. alienbob

    You are right… I do not have that URL on automatic update.
    I did a sync and now is again up to date.


  12. Diego

    Thanks you!

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