Steam Client for Slackware updated to


A few weeks ago, Valve‘s official Linux binaries for its steamclient got an update. The version is built using an updated Steam client:

  • Client timestamp 1676336721 (2023-02-14)
  • Steam Runtime version 0.20221019.0

The steamclient package which I create from this release tarball is meant to bootstrap the installation of Valve’s Steam gaming platform on your Slackware computer. The package installs a couple of scripts and a 32-bit Linux runtime based on Ubuntu, and adds a desktop menu entry so that you can easily start Steam.
When you first start ‘steam’ from the menu or from the X terminal command-line, the client scripts will download a larger set of runtime libraries, including 64-bit support. From then on, the steamclient will keep its runtime libraries up-to-date automatically, every time it starts up and connects to the Steam servers.
The Slackware package has a couple of tweaks because we obviously do not have all the expected Ubuntu tools on board. With the help of these tweaks, Steam works out of the box on Slackware – both 32bit and 64-bit with multilib!

If you are using Steam for gaming, be sure to check out its Slackware community. It’s not really chatty in there but last time I checked, the group listed over 400 Slackware users and there’s always a few online and playing.


4 thoughts on “Steam Client for Slackware updated to

  1. Eric – Thanks for updates. Once setup correctly Steam works great! Wine too! For gaming Slackware has some advantages. One is fewer updates to break things. If one knows what they are doing below is easy.
    OTB does an excellent video on installing 32 bit libraries. But FIRST there are some key edits for additional repositories and settings.
    On the video one should take notes for the edits.
    cd /usr/doc/slackpkg+-1.7.9
    Once there…
    The shell script command is ./
    (Multi-Lib Setup)
    (see /usr/doc/slackpkg+-1.7.9 for details and notes):

    cd /usr/doc/slackpkg+-1.7.9 (
    Some settings I used.

    Slackpkg is a good package manager for slackware that help the user to keep updated its installation.

    The Slackpkg+ project is a simple plugin that allow the user to add third-party repositories to slackpkg so to use a single tool for keep update the slackware installation and to install non-official packages.

    Like slackpkg, slackpkg+ leave unchanged the slackware philosophy becouse the user take full control of installation process.

    Slackpkg+ also allow to install and keep updated the alienbob's compat32 libraries so to have a multilib system without download and install it manually.

    Slackpkg+ is NOT a new tool with new commands. The user can continue to use the standard slackpkg command line:

    # slackpkg update gpg
    # slackpkg update
    # slackpkg install openjdk
    # slackpkg upgrade-all

    vim /etc/slackpkg/slackpkgplus.conf

    bash-5.1# cat /etc/slackpkg/slackpkgplus.conf
    # Configuration for slackpkg+.
    # Please read manpage: "man slackpkgplus.conf" and documentation /usr/doc/slackpkg+-*/README

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) slackpkg+

    # set to '0' to never show the download progress bar
    # set to '1' to show the bar only in download packages (default)
    # set to '2' to always show the download bar
    # set to '3' for a debug mode

    # Enable TERSE to use a smaller output in installpkg/upgradepkg

    # Enable a smaller output for slackpkg search. It replace first column with a colorized
    # on: [unin] uninstalled, [inst] installed, [upgr] upgrade, [mask] uninstalled/masked
    # tiny: [-] uninstalled, [I] installed, [I] upgrade, [M] uninstalled/masked
    # off: leave unchanged and black/white.

    # Use proxy. Leave commented to use system settings.

    # By default slackpkg+ deny to install 32bit packages.
    # Set this flag to ‘on’ allow slackpkg+ to install 32bit packages on a 64bit slackware
    # installation (possibly unsafe). Please, do not install both 32 and 64bit of the same
    # package to avoid problems, and NEVER upgrade existant 64bit packages with relative 32bit package.
    # Do not forget to install the multilibs.

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) the official slackpkg blacklist. May be useful to temporarily skip
    # the slackware blacklist. You can also override it from command line:
    # ‘USEBL=off slackpkg upgrade-all’

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) the legacy blacklist system ignoring the improvement
    # from slackpkg 15. Some improvement are not useful with thirdy party repositories
    # Note that the legacy system does apply it as regex to the entire pkglist row
    # repository, name, version, arch, build, fullname, series/path, extension.

    # Add custom option to ‘wget’.
    # You can solve the repository indisponibility issue by set a timeout here
    # Also add “-q” for super terse output (useful with USETERSE=on)
    WGETOPTS=”–timeout=20 –tries=2″

    # If you want replace wget with another downloader search DOWNLOADCMD in documentation
    # at /usr/doc/slackpkg+-*/README
    #DOWNLOADCMD=”wget2 –progress=bar -O”

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) checking disk space to download and install packages. Default to “off”

    # Defines if the changelog of any 3rd party repository must be searched in parent URL when not found in base URL.
    # Can be set to “on” or “off” (default)

    # Use the cache for metadata files (CHECKSUMS.md5,…). Enable it (on) to speedup the slackpkg update
    # process by downloading just new files (see README). Disabled by default (off)

    # You can download-only by setting DOWNLOADONLY to ‘on’. You may (you should) also use it in commandline
    # for example: “DOWNLOADONLY=on slackpkg upgrade-all”. Useful for large upgrades.

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) notification events (see notifymsg.conf)

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) the greylist feature. See /etc/slackpkg/greylist

    # Defines if commands ‘search’ and ‘file-search’ are case-sensitive (on) or not (off). Default to “on”

    # Defines if command ‘file-search’ does search Whole Word (on) of accept partial words (off). Note that
    # you may obtains many many results searching a short partial word

    # Select the show order in dialogbox. Available “package” “repository” “tag” “path” “arch”

    # Allow to show more details of the package in slackpkg info . Accept “none”, “basic”, “filelist”

    # Enable (on) / Disable (off) a Strict GPG Check. A repository should contains packages signed
    # with the only original GPG-KEY. In some custom repository may be wanted to mix heterogeneous
    # packages; to use that repository set Strict GPG Check to off. P.S: a repository can
    # contain just ONE gpg-key; you may manually import the other.

    # If two or more repositories contains some same packages, you can specify
    # from which repository you prefer to search it.
    # The syntax is “:”
    # Accepts regular expressions. To give priority to an entire repository use “”

    # Examples:
    #PKGS_PRIORITY=( restricted:vlc )
    # OR
    #PKGS_PRIORITY=( myrepo )
    # if you have two reporitories to give priority you must set both in the same line
    #PKGS_PRIORITY=( myrepo restricted:vlc )
    # If you want a multilib system, uncomment the multilib repository and set:
    #PKGS_PRIORITY=( multilib )
    # (Use /usr/doc/slackpkg+-*/ to setup a multilib configuration)

    # Otherwise you can try to upgrade a package from a repository that contains a package with the
    # same tag of the already installed package. Tipically that means to upgrade a package from the
    # same author of the already installed package.
    # Note that this method may not works properly where two repositories contains a package with the
    # same tag.
    # Set TAG_PRIORITY to ‘on’ to enable this function

    # List repositories you want to use (defined below)
    # remember to launch ‘slackpkg update’ if you modify that row.
    #REPOPLUS=( slackpkgplus restricted alienbob slacky )
    REPOPLUS=( slackpkgplus multlib restricted alienbob )

    # Define mirrors (uncomment one or more mirror; remember to add it to REPOPLUS)
    # GPG Note: after adding/renaming a repository, you must to run ‘slackpkg update gpg’
    # some repositories as salixos, have a partial GPG support;
    # for that repositories you may need to run slackpkg with ‘slackpkg -checkgpg=off …’

    # Slackware current – x86_64

    # use this to keep the slackpkg+ package updated to the latest stable release

    # use the development branch to use the mainline version and help develop by reporting bugs.

    # Local repository:
    # Local packages (you do not need metadata nor ‘slackpkg update’ command):
    # Remote packages (you do not need metadata)

    # SBo SlackBuilds. Uncomment it to allow slackpkg to search SlackBuilds on
    # This does not repleace sbopkg; slackpkg just report the package, version and url; you may
    # download it via ‘slackpkg download ‘ and build it yourself or via sbopkg.

    # Plugin section:
    # Here you can enable some optional feature. Please read documentation before enable it.
    # ZLookKernel can help you to rebuild initrd and reistall lilo/elilo. This feature was
    # removed in slackpkg-15.0. ‘enable’ this setting to enable it.
    # read /usr/libexec/slackpkg/functions.d/ for more information
    # It will ask confirmations at every step, unless you will set ‘PLUGIN_ZLOOKKERNEL_PROMPT=off’
    # It will manage /boot/vmlinuz by default; if you use kernel generic, please set
    # the PLUGIN_ZLOOKKERNEL_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-generic to manage it
    # ZChangeLog track all repository changes everytime you run ‘slackpkg update’
    # It write the changelog at /var/lib/slackpkg/RepoChangeLog.txt
    # ‘enable’ this setting to enable it. Also set ‘PLUGIN_ZCHANGELOGS_SHOW=on’ to print
    # the changes in standard output at the end of ‘update’ process.
    # read /usr/libexec/slackpkg/functions.d/ for more information

    # Supported Repositories (see /usr/doc/slackpkg+-* for details and notes):

    (After edits…)
    # slackpkg update gpg
    # slackpkg update

    slackpkg search (package)
    slackpkg info (package) gives you a list of dependencies.
    slackpkg install
    (Dependency Check)
    ls /var/log/packages/ | grep OpenAL

    slackpkg search
    [unin] restricted : handbrake-1.4.1-x86_64-1alien
    [mask] alienbob : handbrake-1.4.1-x86_64-1alien

    (Multi-Lib Setup)
    (see /usr/doc/slackpkg+-1.7.9 for details and notes):

    cd /usr/doc/slackpkg+-1.7.9 (

  2. I don’t know what it is exactly that you’re trying to say with your post, but for simply pasting the whole conf file in your post maybe next time a link to pastebin would be better?

  3. +1. Most of us who read here already have multilib working, and Alien Bob, himself, has a few great posts on the subject.

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