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New Libreoffice 3.5.6, and Slackware 14 RC2

 I uploaded Slackware packages for the latest version of the LibreOffice 3.5.x series. LibreOffice 3.5.6 was released yesterday. I know (like I explained in my previous LibreOffice post) that there is a 3.6.0 release (and I even saw a 3.6.1 tag already) but I decided to hold off for a while and offer stability first on Slackware 13.37. Downloads at the usual locations:


 But do not despair. Slackware 14 is almost upon us. We are currently at Release Candidate 2 after most of the bug reports have been addressed. Some more tweaks are likely to follow but those should be minor. When Slackware 14 is finalized, I intend to build LibreOffice packages on the new platform – for version 3.6.x. Perhaps this version solves the landscape printing problems people are complaining about on LinuxQuestions (it’s not a Slackware problem by the way- all distros have this printing problem).


 And an activity I hope to pick up where I left it in april, is my own ARM port. After any Slackware release, there usually is a bit of quiet. That should allow me to build the remaining packages (and rebuild all those that were updated since april… a total of more than 900 I think) and get it running on some yet-to-decide ARM computer besides my own TrimSlice. I have been putting this off because I am a bit stuck at writing the installer and a proper kernel package. ARMedslack has a quite convoluted process for this and I want to see if I can simplify this. But… there is always something else to do instead of the boring stuff. I do have a working cross-compiler (I can create a new cross-compiler and “mini-root” for any Slackware release using just two commands) and a half-assed distributed compilation setup using distcc. I don’t want to use the ARMedslack x-toolchain here because it is a nice learning experience for me in cross-compiling.

Let’s hope I get so bored that I will jump into this again.



  1. Yousha


    Slackware’s webmaster doesn’t active 🙁

  2. chrisretusn

    Thanks. Built and upgraded zero problems.

    Slackware 14 is going to be nice.

  3. alienbob

    Hi Yousha

    What do you mean? Have you tried to contact the webmaster email address? What were your questions? That mailbox is probably not being checked.


  4. Alvaro

    Oh, please, Eric, if you want to make a Slackware port for an ARM computer, please make it the Raspi. In a previous post you said you got yours (I also got mine already). Slackware is the best distro with which to learn how Linux works, so it would actually serve the Pi’s purpose of education. And it would also allow all of us slackers a “professional” Raspi Slackware. I know some people have already done something, but it’s nowhere near an official port (I bet they’d be happy to participate).

    Please, pretty please.

  5. asnobli9

    Hi Eric,

    Today I upgraded VLC, and during the process I got the following output (somehow truncated):

    Verifying package vlc-2.0.3-x86_64-1alien.txz.
    Installing package vlc-2.0.3-x86_64-1alien.txz:
    Executing install script for vlc-2.0.3-x86_64-1alien.txz.
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-base.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-draw.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-impress.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-calc.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-writer.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-math.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-javafilter.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Could not parse file “usr/share/applications/openoffice.org3-printeradmin.desktop”: No such file or directory
    Generating VLC plugins cache data…
    Package vlc-2.0.3-x86_64-1alien.txz installed.

    Package vlc-2.0.1-x86_64-1alien upgraded with new package ./vlc-2.0.3-x86_64-1alien.txz.

    I am using Libreoffice. I have uninstalled OO, but for the first sight I do not know how it affects VLC. Otherwise VLC works.

    Thank you for your excellent works and good luck, asnobli

  6. alienbob

    Hi Alvaro

    Slackware on the Raspberry Pi has already been documented in great detail, including boot images and such:
    There would be only one reason to build a completely new port from scratch for the Raspberry Pi’s CPU and that would be to enable the FPU hardware support. But I do not think that is going to happen immediately, First target of my work is the armv7, not the armv6.


  7. alienbob

    Hi asnobli9

    The errors are harmless. They are caused by running the update-desktop-database command and apparently that database still contained information about the openoffice program you have uninstalled.
    I guess that you will not see those errors again if you would run “upgradepkg –reinstall vlc-2.0.3-x86_64-1alien.txz” .


  8. Janis


    Why you are not building l10n_lv package?

  9. alienbob

    Hi Janis

    Simply because nobody asked me before 🙂
    Do you want me to build one with the next package update?


  10. Janis

    Yes, it would be nice. It is hard to judge how often it will be used, but as national localization team spends continuous efforts to keep it up, I think, it has the rights to exist also as Slack pack 🙂

  11. alienbob

    Hi Janis. I do not consider the argument ” national localization team spends continuous efforts to keep it up” as valid.

    If you want to have it added because you would use it if it were available, then *that* is a valid argument.


  12. David

    Eric, this latest build of Libreoffice still fails with “General input/output error” when saving a document with a password. Have you had any more thoughts about how this may be fixed? Thanks for the builds.

  13. alienbob


    It is not something I can fix – I can only create packages and apply other people’s patches. If you find a patch that works, I will be more than happy to apply it to my packages.


  14. Das

    Hi Eric,

    Let me first out saying, THANKS for all your work you do to help make Slack a better distro! 🙂

    When I install Slack I do ‘Expert’ and I don’t install much, so if you get time, it would really be great if you could make a ‘Requirements’ file that lists all the apps,libs, dependencies that need to be installed on the box to meet the requirements to be able to compile from source.

    As an example I don’t ever use any database stuff so I never have SQL stuff installed but Libreoffice requires this for the Database…

    Anyhow I hope this will not be a tall order and you can eventually include this in the /Build directory as a file to download….

    THANKS for your time and consideration Eric!


  15. Mike

    I have installed local machine for slackware14.0 and I have created new?image for 10GB using below command and
    # dd if=/dev/zero of=Slack14.0 bs=1M count=10000
    ?# mke2fs -F -j Slack14.0
    #mount Slack14.0 /mnt/slackware14.O
    and installed the custom package for slackware14.0
    I have referred the below links and follow-up the steps, for pdf document.…mazon-ec2.html
    ?Download the kernel:-
    I have untar the linux-2.6.34. kernel, I am getting 2 folders (/lib/modules & /boot)?and installed the path like (/lib/modules folder in /lib path and boot file is stored in /boot path.
    Also I have set the fstab entry for, and changed the above links steps also.
    Create /etc/fstab and add the following entries to it:

    /dev/xvda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
    none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
    none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
    none /proc proc defaults 0 0
    none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0

    And I have created the /boot/grub/menu.lst file and store the file
    default 0
    timeout 3
    title kernel-2.6.34
    root (hd0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/xvda1 xencons=xvda1 console=xvda1 ro
    and bundle with amazon aki (aki-407d9529) and upload the amazon server?and register it,
    While run the instance, I am unable to login the server, I am getting?below error.
    ec2-get-console-output i-ajht0c9?
    [6535502.143450] nf_conntrack version 0.5.0 (16384 buckets, 65536 max)
    [6535502.143828] ctnetlink v0.93: registering with nfnetlink.
    [6535502.145187] ip_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
    [6535502.145235] TCP cubic registered
    [6535502.145244] NET: Registered protocol family 17
    [6535502.245110] XENBUS: Device with no driver: device/console/0
    [6535502.247428] EXT3-fs: barriers not enabled
    [6535502.257460] EXT3-fs (xvda1): mounted filesystem with writeback data mode
    [6535502.257484] VFS: Mounted root (ext3 filesystem) readonly on device 202:1.
    [6535502.257779] Freeing unused kernel memory: 484k freed
    [6535502.257953] kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
    [6535502.471724] mount used greatest stack depth: 4296 bytes left
    [6535512.662690] touch used greatest stack depth: 4120 bytes left
    [6535576.762574] xenbus_dev_shutdown: device/console/0: Initialising != Connected, skipping
    [6535577.114477] Restarting system.

    Please help me how to fix this issue.

  16. alienbob

    Hi Mike

    I do not how this relates to the work I do for Slackware. I have no idea what you are doing (apparently you are trying to setup an Amazon cloud server?) or how I would be able to help. Your best chance for help is to create a new thread on the forum:


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