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Updates for multilib gcc and glibc packages

After a period of silence, Pat updated the Slackware ChangeLog.txt again!

Apart from the latest in stable KDE4 releases (4.5.5), you will find a new kernel. The choice for was made because the 2.6.35 series has long-term support and Pat is probably trying to stabilize toward a new release. More on-topic for this article, there are new glibc (2.12.2) and gcc (4.5.2) packages. For those of you running a multilib-enhanced 64-bit Slackware this means you need an updated set of multilib packages,  which I already created for you.

Check out which contains my multilib versions of the new gcc and glibc packages in Slackware-current.

For installation/upgrade instructions see the multilib README or even better, read my Wiki article at .

You will also find a subdirectory “slackware64-compat32“. That directory contains all packages that are generated by the script. In other words, everything you need (along with my gcc/glibc and compat32-tools packages) to turn your Slackware64-current into a multilib system. The choice is yours: either you download and install/upgrade the packages in the “slackware-compat32” directory which I converted for you, or you run the “” script to convert these packages from the Slackware originals and install those.

Good luck! Eric


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Rsync access offered through rsync://


Comment from ponce
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 10:14

thanks a lot Eric for these: I had upgraded to latest current this morning and was afraid I can’t play Enemy Territory when I’ll be back /home 🙂

Comment from alienbob
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 11:29

Hi Ponce

I have the advantage that I am able to see and use Pat’s updates when they have not yet been published. That allows me to build the multilib packages in advance. In fact when you look at the timestamps on the packages you’ll notice that they are already several days old.

I am usually asleep when Pat pushes his updates, and that causes a delay of a few hours between the public Slackware updates and my own updates…


Comment from SeB
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 12:18


I’ve followed the changes you made to the multilib and I integrated them to compat32pkg: more precisely to the file that describe the 32-bit compatibility layer (adding of aaa_elflibs, gdk-pixbuf2, libelf, sane).

Regarding aaa_elflibs, I found it contains the library (/usr/lib) which is also into the (multilib) version of gcc. As these versions are different, and given the installation/upgrade procedure of the multilib (the glibc and gcc first, then the 32-bit layer), installing of aaa_elflibs will imply the overwrite of from gcc.

Is aaa_elflibs should not receive more attention by convertpkg-compat32 when is already installed ?


Comment from ponce
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 17:51

le me say that I haven’t felt any delays: you have been fast enough to let me play ET also this afternoon \o/

luckily for me, we live in the same timezone 😀 (lol)

Comment from rahulrp
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 19:50

Could we please have a rsync for the multilib as well?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 19:52

@rahulrp –

Rsync? Obviously you did not read the last line of the article?


Comment from rahulrp
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 19:52

sheesh! yes i did not, you are so fast!!!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: January 11, 2011 at 20:02

@rahulrp –

The rsync line was there from the beginning… I dit not sneak it in afterwards.


Comment from escaflown
Posted: January 12, 2011 at 01:50

Thanks Eric!

Comment from rahulrp
Posted: January 14, 2011 at 21:15

@eric : no I did not mean that you sneaked it, i meant that your reply was very fast

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