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RSS Alien's Slackware packages

RSS Alien's unofficial KDE Slackware packages

RSS Alien's multilib packages

RSS Slackware64-current



New multilib versions of glibc and gcc for slackware-current

There were a couple of nice updates in the Slackware-current ChangeLog today – new kernel (3.14.3), new binutils (, new glibc (2.19) and a rebuilt gcc. Not to speak of two new packages: libnftnl and nftables, which bring a new packet filtering framework on Linux.

It’s my birthday today and I took a day off to be with my family, so there was time enough to build new versions of multilib glibc and gcc :-). They are at their usual download locations:

Remember, a multilib configuration is needed if you want to use binary-only 32-bit software on 64-bit Slackware – think of Valve’s Steam Client, the WINE emulator, the Pipelight browser plugin, Citrix client etc.

If you are looking for instructions on how to add or update multilib on your 64-bit Slackware, check out our Slackware Documentation Project which has this information and much more.

Cheers, Eric



Comment from David
Posted: May 9, 2014 at 23:54

Happy birthday, Eric !

Comment from C. Wizard
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 00:25

Happy Birthday!
Best Wishes for Many Happy Returns!

Comment from Gabriel Yong
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 03:37

Thanks & Happy birthday!

Comment from Janis
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 07:30

Cangratulations, Eric!

Comment from giorgio
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 08:08

Happy b-day Eric!

Comment from StreamThreader
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 08:44

Happy birthday!!!

Comment from sandb0y
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 09:08

Happy Birthday and all the best Eric!

PS: There are some leftover log files in the current and 14.1 directories.

Comment from Niki Kovacs
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 10:09

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Eric !

Comment from gegechris99
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 10:51

Bon Anniversaire Eric

Comment from unnamed
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 13:12

Happy birthday, Eric

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 16:16

Thanks and happy Birthday!

Comment from BrunoB
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 18:16

Joyeux Anniversaire Eric !

Comment from dolphin77
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 20:22

Gefeliciteerd met verjaardag!!!!

Best wishes and greetings from Odessa, Ukraine.

PS and thanks a lot for your input to Slackware and its development.

Comment from Brad
Posted: May 11, 2014 at 16:44

Happy belated Birthday!

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: May 11, 2014 at 19:28

Happy birthday Eric!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: May 12, 2014 at 12:39

Thanks all for the good wishes.
New KDE (4.13.1) and LibreOffice (4.2,4) are around the corner.


Comment from fred
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 11:13

Thanks for the update.

Note: Lesstif-compat32 is broken as stated in this thread:

Comment from alienbob
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 11:45

Hi fred

Yes I am aware of that issue. I still have the proposed patch written by SeB on my TODO list. Eventually I will get to reviewing it and implementing a fix.
I don’t think SeB’s patch is correct though.


Comment from william
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 13:16

slackpkg+ has done the work for me. Thank you Bob

Comment from Diego
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 17:44

Hi Eric,

Is it possible that the rsync mirror are not up-to-day ? I’m using and still nothing new there.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 20:37

Hi Diego

Yes, I see now what happened.
Thanks to the stupid move of who deleted all the free hostnames (because now you have to pay for dynamic hostnames)… I lost two of my hostnames which I have used a _lot_ !
I’ve updated the mirrorscript to use my current hostname instead of the now defunkt hostname.
Thanks for notifyimg me! Otherwise this might have gone unnoticed for a while…


Comment from Diego
Posted: May 13, 2014 at 21:41

Hi Eric,

it’s working now!
Thanks you for the updates 🙂

Comment from phenixia2003
Posted: May 27, 2014 at 17:25

Hi Eric,

Some times ago I sent you a mail with a small script to check the possible side effects of my patch for lesstif-compat32. I wanted to make sure you got it, otherwise I can resend it.

Furthermore I’m wondering which 32-bit app require lesstif.



Comment from alienbob
Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:49

Hi phenixia2003

Yeah I received it, and it is still on my TODO list. The changes you proposed were not exacly the improvement I wanted but I could not come up with a good alternative so I decided to think it over.
I added lesstif three years ago (itwas not originally part of the script) because Skype required it.


Comment from phenixia2003
Posted: May 28, 2014 at 14:06


I’ve checked the compat32 packages required by skype from (slackware 13.0) to (slackware 14.1) and none needs lesstif.

I googled for that and I found the message below about skype / lesstif:

But, according to the message below on the same thread, it seems there was a mistake about that, and the app that requires lesstif is not skype but citrix-client:

So, I checked the latest citrix-client ( and this version, which is the only available, does not require lesstif. Furthermore, there’s 64-bit citrix-client now.

Maybe lesstif can simply be dropped from the multilib.


Comment from alienbob
Posted: May 28, 2014 at 15:28

The citrix client 13.0 does not work on Slackware unless you do a lot of hard work (when I checked it out, it needed a lot of dependencies which Slackware is lacking). The older versions of the Citrix client actually do not work with lesstif and require openmotif…

The older 12.1 client is a bit hidden but can still be found here:

The 64-bit Citrix client is unfortunately still 32-bit, hidden in a “64-bit” package and you’ll need multilib on a 64-bit computer.

So yes, perhaps lesstif does not have a place in


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