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Updates for LibreOffice and multilib, more to come

libreoffce_logoBecause of recent updates in slackware-current (in this case, the boost package) the LibreOffice in my own repository stopped working. Library conflict. Don’t you love the life on the bleeding edge 😉

By coïncidence, the Document Foundation had just released a new version of their LibreOffice sources, so instead of recompiling the old 5.4.3 packages I could grab the new 5.4.4 release and turn those sources into Slackware packages (Slackware 14.2 and -current). The next major release 6.0 is just around the corner but I am not going to wait for that.
You can get the new packages from my repository – like .

Also, I updated the multilib repository with the latest updates in slackware-current (the new l/Mako, a/lzlib and a/plzip are now also available in a “compat32” version).
Remember to also install the new packages, not just upgrade the existing ones! If you have a local mirror, that means using “upgradepkg –install-new” and if you use slackpkg with slackpkg+, you need to do “slackpkg update; slackpkg install multilib ; slackpkg upgrade-all”. That “slackpkg install multilib” takes care of installing any package you are still missing.

Work on a new Plasma5 package set is also well underway. The 64bit -current bit is done so I know I have my sources and scripts in order, and I am generating a new PLASMA5 Live ISO for testing. Stay tuned.


Comment from drakeo
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 13:51

you may want to edit your post.
l – MAKO
a – plzip
a- lzip

Comment from slackwarevod
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 14:04

error while loading shared libraries:
hmm… my boost is 1.66.0
after symlinking i have:
soffice.bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/ undefined symbol: _ZTVN6…

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 14:05

drakeo indeed 🙂 Fixed.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 14:06

slackwarevod installed the wrong package? Works here (slackware64-current).

Comment from Antonio
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 15:14

slackwarevod fixed!

ln -s
ln -s
ln -s

Comment from Gérard Monpontet
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 15:35

Work, perfectly on current-64 here 😉

Comment from Antonio
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 15:38

In /usr/lib64

Of corse!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 15:44

Antonio these symlinks should not be necessary with the newest libreoffice package and slackware – current. What did you break on your computer that you have to fiddle with these symlinks?
Note that creating symlinks to removed libraries is not always going to work. If the ABI of the library has changed then creating these symlinks will eventually just crash your application.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: December 22, 2017 at 17:01

Thank you Eric! Works very well here.

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Posted: December 23, 2017 at 01:08

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Comment from Jen
Posted: December 23, 2017 at 05:03

Heh, thanks for the reminder on “slackpkg install multilib.” Happy holidays!

Comment from hadack
Posted: December 23, 2017 at 19:19

It seems you still have the libva-intel-driver and json-c packages in your current multilib repo which have been removed from slackware.
Also it would be cool to add all the SDL2_* packages that have been added to current.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 23, 2017 at 21:00

hadack good catch! I had not been keeping an eye on package removals… will see to that now.

Do you have a purpose for ‘compat32’ versions of these SDL2 packages? Are they required to compile some 32bit package of yours on 64bit Slackware? I had pondered SDL2 packages but could not come up with any 32bit software that needs them in a multilib setup.

Comment from hadack
Posted: December 24, 2017 at 14:09

Hmm I dont remember exactly, but some of them were needed for a 32 bit game so i converted and installed them. I have them since then, but I haven’t checked what needs them. I guess it is fine to see what needs them and add them if necessary. It just looked like good to have to me.

Comment from slackwarevod
Posted: December 25, 2017 at 07:49

Sorry. All worked fine!

Comment from Simo
Posted: December 29, 2017 at 17:20

Corrupt file?

I downloaded: libreoffice/pkg64/14.2/libreoffice-5.4.4-x86-641alien.txz. The md5 hash given for this package is:

4f4671c8bd97fd631d1d85e4879f3b96 libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz

However, when running:

openssl dgst -md5 on it I get:

MD5(libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz)= d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e

The hashes don’t match.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 29, 2017 at 22:08

Simo check your download against where you downloaded it (and you named the file incorrectly, I assume that that is just a typo).
On my mirror server I get:

root@bear:# md5sum libreoffice/pkg64/14.2/libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz
4f4671c8bd97fd631d1d85e4879f3b96 libreoffice/pkg64/14.2/libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz
root@bear:# openssl dgst -md5 libreoffice/pkg64/14.2/libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz
MD5(libreoffice/pkg64/14.2/libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz)= 4f4671c8bd97fd631d1d85e4879f3b96

Comment from Simo
Posted: December 30, 2017 at 17:56

Tried the site linked to at the top of the page and that copy of libreoffice matches the given md5 hash.

The version that doesn’t match came from: http(COLON SLASH SLASH)www(DOT)slackware(DOT)com/~alien/

This is the first time this has happened. Like the new LibreOffice more than the old. Usually, adding more bells and whistles adds nothing. This time, lots of convenience tool buttons so you’re not going back and forth between submenus and your documents.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 30, 2017 at 19:09

Simo, the md5sum of that file on is is identical to that on the other server;
alien@connie:~$ md5sum libreoffice/pkg64/14.2/libreoffice-5.4.4-x86_64-1alien.txz

Again, check how you downloaded it.

Comment from ajevremovic
Posted: January 17, 2018 at 13:10

For some reason, slack version of libreoffice works *much!* slower than the vanila one (rpm2txz), esspecially on the large spreadsheets. Anyone faced with that problem?

Comment from ajevremovic
Posted: January 25, 2018 at 20:53

Vanila LibreOffice is working muck faster, but is using (one core) CPU 100% all the time 🙁

Comment from Janis
Posted: February 3, 2018 at 13:09

Hi, Eric!
What about LO v6.0? I was astonished with the speed it worked on Win10. At least how fast it started – hard to say whether calc multiplies 2 by 3 faster.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 3, 2018 at 13:20

When I have time…

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