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Some package updates for KDE 4.6.5

My KDE 4.6.5 post from a few weeks back had a few comments about a non-working kcalc. Also, the KDE release team updated all the language tarballs for KDE 4.6.5 – after first renewing the broken ‘nl’ sources apparently the other language sources had issues too.

So, I rebuilt all the KDEI packages (the language packs) using the new sources. And I rebuilt the kdeutils package using several patches for kcalc.

Go get them. If you had the aforementioned issues they might be solved by these updated packages.

For instance at or .


KDE Software Compilation 4.6.5

The last of the 4.6 series has arrived, and I thought it would be good to compile it for Slackware-current so that Pat Volkerding can concentrate on Slackware’s core:

Please check the official announcement of the KDE Software Compilation 4.6.5 – and then proceed to download my packages for Slackware.

I had hopes that version 4.6.5 of the KDE SC would be added to Slackware but Pat is busy, and I did not want to wait. No problem! Remember, you have to be running Slackware 13.37 (32bit or 64bit) or (preferably) slackware-current in order to use these packages. They were built on slackware-current. Note that between 13.37 and -current, there was an incompatible perl upgrade which may cause some of the KDE 4.6.5 “language bindings” to fail on Slackware 13.37 (causing for instance plasmoids to break if those were programmed in perl).

Please read the accompanying README file for installation and upgrade instructions!

This is the fifth incremental release in the 4.6 series, meaning it’s mostly bugfixes and translation enhancements.

Some of the highlights of my new set of KDE packages:

  • Packages for the stable release 4.6.1 of kdepim and kdepim-runtime are included.
  • No updated dependencies since KDE 4.6.4 if you have that installed already.
  • Updated dependencies with regard to the stable Slackware 13.37 are: PyQt, QScintilla, akonadi, attica, ebook-tools, hunspell, libdbusmenu-qt,sip, soprano, system-config-printer, virtuoso-ose.
  • Not part of Slackware 13.37 at all (yet): grantlee, libatasmart, libbluedevil, libssh, sg3_utils, udisks.
  • And bluedevil was added – not a dependency as such, but rather additional functionality for your KDE desktop. Bluedevil is the new KDE bluetooth stack, based on the BlueZ libraries already present in Slackware. I added its package to the “kde” directory. It integrates a lot better into KDE than the GTK application “blueman” which is now primarily meant to be used with the non-KDE desktop environments.

The KDE 4.6.5 packages for Slackware 13.37 & current should be available for download from my “ktown” repository by now (the Indonesian mirror may need a bit of time to sync up):

Have fun! Eric

Slackware packages for KDE SC 4.6.3

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.3.

Here it is again, the monthly update to the KDE 4.6 series. Sources have been available publicly since friday, but due to Mother’s Day it took a while to upload my packages.. KDE team anounced the new release as usual.

Built on Slackware 13.37, it will work fine on -current (because at this moment, there is little difference). Exactly when KDE 4.6 will enter Slackware’s -current tree I don’t know, but I will happily keep building packages in the meantime.

If you want to try out KDE SC 4.6.3 instead of Slackware’s 4.5.5 (or my previous 4.6.2) please follow the installation/upgrade instructions in the accompanying README file!

Besides the KDE packages (in the kde/ directory) some of Slackware’s own official packages need to be upgraded, or even removed. There are also a few packages that are required by KDE 4.6.x but are not yet in Slackware. All of those packages are found in the “deps” directory. Don’t miss out on them, or you will have a less than pleasant experience.

One thing that I have added since my 4.6.2 packages is bluedevil, the new bluetooth connection manager for KDE. It integrates well with KDE (you will find a “send to bluetooth device” in Dolphin’s context menu for instance). The old “kbluetooth” application is no longer developed and the GTK application in Slackware “blueman” is not as featureful.

By the way, if you want to make your GTK applications blend better into the KDE desktop, then there is a new GTK theme engine for you – which was created by KDE’s own Oxygen artwork team. It is called “oxygen-gtk” and I have a package for it in my main SlackBuilds repository: .

I installed oxygen-gtk on my laptop running KDE 4.6 and the effect it has on the looks of applications like Firefox, Gimp, Pidgin etc.. is stunning. Of course, the integration is most effective if you are using the Oxygen theme in KDE as well! After installation, be sure to copy or merge the content of the file “/usr/share/themes/oxygen-gtk/gtk-2.0/gtkrc” to your homedirectory into the file “~/.gtkrc-2.0

The KDE 4.6.3 packages for Slackware 13.37 should be available for download from my “ktown” repository by now (the Indonesian mirrors may need a bit of time to sync up):

Please note that I have removed the old 4.4.5 directory – it contained an older version of KDE4 which could be made to run on Slackware 13.0 with a bit of effort. At this moment in time, I think it is wiser to upgrade to Slackware 13.37. I removed the old stuff to free up space on my own machines.

Have fun! Eric

Next in series: KDE 4.6.2

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.2.

A second bugfix & translation update release for the KDE 4.6 series became available on April 6. Read all about it on the announcement page.

And since we are nearing the release of Slackware 13.37 it will be safe to say that I have uploaded “my KDE 4.6.2 packages for Slackware 13.37“. If there is no official release yet by the time you read this post, then of course you will be able to run the packages on “Slackware 13.37 Release Candidate 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716” as well – because that is what I built them on.

Be sure to follow the installation/upgrade instructions in the accompanying README file! There are a few of Slackware’s own official packages that have to be upgraded, or even removed. You can search this blog for my earlier KDE 4.6 related posts if you want to know more about its evolution. Or even better, subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed so you don’t miss out on my updates any more.

Anyway, get the packages from one of the following locations (the mirrors may need a bit of time to get re-synchronized with the master):

Things did not blow up on my laptop after installation, which was according to plan. The stability of KDE 4.6.x is increasing with every point release.


I ran into one regression. There is a “bug” in KDM which prevents shutdown. You will actually end up in a tty and have to manually run “shutdown -h now”. The default shutdown command which is issued by KDM has apparently been changed to “/sbin/shutdown -p now” but the “-p” parameter is not supported on Linux. See for a description of this KDE 4.6.2 specific bug.

According to the bug report you can solve this by editing the file “/etc/kde/kdm/kdmrc” and changing a single line:



HaltCmd="/sbin/shutdown -h now"

… but when I tested this it did not make a difference. It just looks as if KDM is not reading that custom commandline. It was well after midnight when I tried it so I gave up and went to bed. I welcome all feedback.

Have fun! Eric

KDE 4.6.1 add-on for Slackware 13.37 RC1

Yes folks… we have a release candidate for the next stable version of Slackware. Its version mumber is going to be “13.37” as could be expected… it was too tempting not to be used, after we had “12.34567890” for a little while during an earlier development cycle…

And to accompany this event, I have also made available a new set of KDE packages. It’s KDE 4.6.1 and the packages have been built on Slackware 13.37-RC1.

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.1 sources were released a few days ago. It is the first “stabilization update” in the 4.6 series which will see steady updates until July 2011. I had to wait with my upload & announcement until the 13.37-RC1 appeared; there were some last-minute changes to the raptor/rasqal/redland packages in slackware-current because soprano would no longer compile. Be sure to upgrade to Slackware 13.37-RC1 or newer before using these KDE packages!

KDE 4.6.1 for Slackware (32bit as well as 64bit releases) can be found in my ktown repository already, and soon on its mirrors ( and both of which have rsync access as well).

You are encouraged to (re-)visit my older post, because most of what I said for KDE 4.6.0 – about the upgrade from Slackware’s own KDE 4.5.5 – still holds true. Of course, the packages come with a detailed README which shows step-by-step what you have to do in order to upgrade to KDE 4.6.1.

Enjoy! Eric

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