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So I installed google-earth and followed the following steps from slackbuilds.org:
2) Google Earth 7 is "LSB compliant" meaning it was built on a LSB system.
Slackware however does not have that symlink which is part of the LSB 3.0
specification. You'll need to create the symlink manually after installing
ln -sf /lib/ld-linux.so.2 /lib/ld-lsb.so.3
3) Google Earth tends to crash when the 65-fonts-persion.conf is available on
the system. aPlease remove /etc/fonts/conf.d/65-fonts-persian.conf prior
launching this application. The easiest way to do this is:
[EDIT: I almost hijacked a thread here. I moved my comment to another new thread. Sorry, Jeebizz!]
No worries, any information is relevant and even in the Slackbuilds the maintainer of said builds awknowledges the 64-bit binaries being out there:
4) GoogleEarth is a 32bit application only. You need to have the 32bit
compatibility packages installed to have this work on a 64bit system.
Otherwise you'll just see "no such file or directory" errors. I am aware
that Google puts a 64bits debian package out, but this is a 32bits package
with a 64bit wrapper for debian that installs multilib
I'm still going in circles though. I always make sure I run /sbin/ldconfig after every package install. I even tried uninstalling, making another package, installing, created the symlink again.... Nothing
So I got it to work finally, unfortunately the solution itself doesn't really say much. I removed the package and then reinstalled it, and now it just suddenly works. Rather mysteriously, I wish I had a better answer if anyone else encounters the same thing, but I do not. Removing and adding the package again simply worked *shrug*.