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If you are referring to libraries you compiled installed yourself, I typically like to install the libraries into /usr folder (./configure --prefix=/usr). Then other configure scripts pickup on the library by default. Maybe doesn't have to be done that way, but just my 2 cents.
Alien, symlinks are they grey little icons with 2 black chain links? lolol Been removing and reinstalling cups and printers when I came across these little grey boxes with 2 black links:"libBrokenLocale.so.1 and libBrokenLocale-2.5.so"
Running xfce, slackware12 no network yet. Don't know if this is related but I noticed I have /home/usr directory and File system a duplicate in /home . Note this is my system steup:
Perhaps if you were to grep the contents of /var/log/packages for the filenames you're confused about, you might learn something useful.
As to your original question, mainly, I don't just throw a lot of crap into my filesystem willy-nilly and expect things not to break--to wit, I don't install anything that I don't make into a package first.
I agree with Alien_Hominid. But I think it was not the print driver, it was the upgrade to xfce4.4.2. You did it as a user, and it must have created a filesystem in your home directory. You can check if this is what happened, you will find a /usr and /etc in your /home dir containing the files from the xfce4.4.2 package. (you can read what those files are by opening the file with that name in /var/log/packages (any text editor should work).
If you reinstalled this package as root, then the xfce files should be in the correct places as well, and you can just delete the directories mentioned from your home. I think you had better backup your data somewhere first though, this sort of thing can have unexpected consequences and you may end up having to do a complete Slack reinstall. (When I first started with linux I reinstalled several times because I kept breaking things) Anyhow you are learning...
No /usr or /etc in Main Home Dir or in /home/usr Dir. What I did find in the /hde4/home is usrname folder that is exact
duplicate of first /home/usrname directory but I did find an empty /Home/ftp and root protected Home/lost+found. How many lost and founds are there suposed to be? So I must have su root when I did installpkg.
Here is what I installed I thought successfully xfce4.4.2 rlw, Oo Slackbuild (no source code), src2pkg which I used to build 1 of the 4 need pixusCanon550i.tar.gz; the bjc one builded successfully and the filter and monitor pkgs failed to build because the build required I pass options I did not know howto, but I did use the -W option to cleanup build stuff.
Looked into /var/log/packages:found xfce4.4.2 rlw, openoffice. Both Oo and xfce are working. BTW slocatedb needs to be updated how do I update it? Also how would I reinstall the 2 broken libraries if that is all I have to do. tobyl, whould I just delete the /usrname folder in /dev/hde4/home? How would I clean up my system. Thanks
As far as, I can tell the good thing about the broken links is that they are localized but I don't understand what they are connected to.
The libcom error is related to the canon printer driver I tried to build, I recognize the ver 2.1 .