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skuzye 01-29-2009 12:55 PM

KDE 4.2 - howto with official packages
Hello people out there, I've just managed to install KDE 4.2 usinng testing/current and I'd like to put here what I did to get there if someone needs it :)

1) Download it from <mirror>slackware/slackware-current/testing/packages/kde4

I used this since I wanted the new bash too:



wget -rx --read-timeout=120 --limit-rate=60k --wait=5 --no-parent -nc <mirror>/slackware/slackware-current/testing/packages
A note about this script: I had to set sources dir permissions to non-executable because wget tried to download sources too. I was too lazy to debug it so if you feel free too do so :P

2) After downloading it check if the files are properly downloaded using md5sum which is located at:


You can use (this is written at the file):


md5sum -c CHECKSUMS.md5 | less
3) Now, run the script inside kd4 folder.

4) Now install it using pkgtool. I've made a script which worked flawlessly.

Note: If you want it to install language packages edit the last lines of the script.



echo -e "\n\nInstalling KDE 4.2..."

cd deps/
installpkg *.tgz
cd ..

cd kde
installpkg *.tgz
cd ..

cd kde3-compat
installpkg *.tgz
cd ..

cd extragear/
installpkg *.tgz
cd ..

# Edit this to install you're on language package if you need so.
#cd kde-l10n/
#installpkg kde-l10n-pt_BR-4.2.0-noarch-1.tgz
#installpkg koffice-l10n-pt_BR-

echo -e "\n\nCompleted. (:"

Well this is it. Worked 100% here and I hope it works for you too.


dchmelik 02-02-2009 05:39 AM

Excellent, but it is sufficient to installpkg *z (and installpkg k*pt_BR*z) and cd ../path_to_next_tgz_files.

disturbed1 02-03-2009 09:18 AM



upgradepkg --install-new deps/*.tgz extragear/*.tgz kde/*.tgz kde3-compat/*.tgz

Didier Spaier 02-03-2009 02:25 PM

Be very careful before installing KDE 4.2 on Slackware 12.2, especially on a production machine.

In a pinch :

1) Backup and (re)move your ~/.kde because the old KDE3 settings will be incompatible with your new KDE4 desktop, potentially creating serious stability issues (quoted from AlienBob, KDE 4.2 packager).

2) Check the Current ChangeLog.

3) Do this to mirror all KDE4 packages and dependencies:

bash-3.1$ lftp
lftp :~> open
cd ok, cwd=/pub/slackware/slackware-current/testing/packages   
lftp> mirror kde4
lftp> quit

4) cd to kde4

5) carefully read the README

6) Read the script and execute it.

7) Install what you need.

If you ever want to go back to kde 3 (you will need to do that in some time if you install on 12.2 as KDE 4.2 won't stay compatible with it forever), again (re)move your ~/.kde, execute the script and re-install kde 3.

skuzye 02-03-2009 02:33 PM

I must say that after installing kde 4.2 I've ended up using more XFCE since I found out that my computer isn't fast enough to run it smoothly. Guess what? I'm doing really fine wifh XFCE. I liked it, a lot, but don't know.. it's not for me (at least not for my current computer resources). The only thing I miss is knotes.

Some gadgets (aka plamoids) don't work too well though (on KDE 4.2).


disturbed1 02-03-2009 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by skuzye (Post 3430734)
...I found out that my computer isn't fast enough to run it smoothly. ....

Just wondering what your specs were? CPU/RAM/Graphics?

It runs pretty good on my AMD Sempron 3000+ 1gig ram, 128mb Geforce FX5500. Flies on my e8400 4gig 7600gt Geforce. Considering the dog of a CPU that the Sempron 3000 is, and the fact the FX5500 is really old, I honestly believed KDE 4 would be quite usable on machines with half the CPU and half the RAM (PIII 800, 512mb ram).

skuzye 02-04-2009 06:30 AM


Originally Posted by disturbed1 (Post 3431100)
Just wondering what your specs were? CPU/RAM/Graphics?

Here they are:



model name : AMD Turion(tm) 64 Mobile Technology ML-37
[omited a line, not relevant]
cpu MHz : 1989.797
cache size : 1024 KB
64 MB on board VGA (ATI CHIPSET)

VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M]
And 512MB of RAM (DDR).

It runs, but not smoothly, I can use it normally (without any fancy effects though). I believe my VGA specs aren't good enough (I think even an off board 3D card with 128MB would run it smoothly, without using effects).

On board graphics cards will never be as an off board because they don't have they're a gpu neither own memory (this last one has exceptions on some boards).

BTW, did anyone backport new ktorrent files to the older one successfully?


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