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Old 10-09-2018, 06:50 PM   #31
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I think that if a security update has a dependency that requires updating it would be good to be notified about this. I have no interest in following the changelog.
Dependencies aren't documented in Slackware and it would be almost impossible for Pat to mention all updated packages that are dependencies of others. When zlib was updated, it wasn't in regards to Firefox, but for an internal bug with the program. But when Firefox was updated, several months after zlib, it was built against the newer zlib (since it is always based on the latest patched release of Slackware).

If you get security notifications, it would be a good idea to at least run slackpkg update and slackpkg upgrade-all to see what packages have yet to be upgraded on your system. You can then either hit enter and let slackpkg do it, or manually download the packages and upgrade them yourself.

Or if you keep a local mirror of the patches/ directory, you could just run upgradepkg on all packages and it would skip any that are already up-to-date.
 
Old 10-10-2018, 10:42 AM   #32
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I have just upgraded to mozilla-firefox-60.2.2esr-i686-1_slack14.2.txz following the recent slackware security notice and firefox will not start
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could it be you haven't updated your zlib package with the one you can find in /patches/packages/?
I had the same problem as mentioned in my post #12 of 10-04-18, 04:54 PM. When Firefox was launched from KDE, nothing happened. However, when I opened a terminal window and ran Firefox from the command line it did show the problem with zlib which I then slackpkg-updated. This would be the typical method for identifying dependencies in the absence of any kind of dependency list. Or, as suggested, you could do the upgrade-all. I did not do that to just test Firefox.
 
Old 10-10-2018, 07:06 PM   #33
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just FYI another reason for the crash might be that you are using the depecrated (also by Nvidia) xinerama with your multimonitor setup.
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IMHO you actually should be using RandR (there's also a specific section in NVIDIA's Linux driver documentation).
I've done a bit of reading on RandR and I'm not seeing how it lets me do 4-monitors in the same way as Xinerama.

The NVIDIA document section you referenced, "Configuring Multiple Display Devices on One X Screen", says, "A single X screen is used." I tried such a configuration early on and indeed, there is ONE X screen, meaning making any window full-size spreads it across all screens. Not what I wanted. That link references another chapter, "Configuring Multiple X Screens on One Card", which says, "... there are several disadvantages to this approach as compared to TwinView [previously referenced chapter] (e.g.: windows cannot be dragged between X screens, hardware accelerated OpenGL cannot span the two X screens), ..." I explored this option as well (about a year-and-a half ago). Again, not what I want. I absolutely need/want to drag windows between screen.

The only tool I found which would let me run 4 screen, maximize windows only on a single physical screen, and drag Windows between screens was Xinerama. Chapter 13 in that same link of yours, https://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/...neramaglx.html, says, "The Xinerama extension takes multiple physical X screens (possibly spanning multiple GPUs), and binds them into one logical X screen. This allows windows to be dragged between GPUs and to span across multiple GPUs. The NVIDIA driver supports hardware accelerated OpenGL rendering across all NVIDIA GPUs when Xinerama is enabled."

This is apparently current documentation. I find no mention of deprecation (where is your reference on that?). I recently downloaded the latest NVIDIA driver following my recent OS update. The driver installed also installed an updated nvidia-settings program (which I used to very easily configure these 4 monitors, KDE does not see 4). nvidia-settings still has the checkbox for "Enable Xinerama". So, I'm going to stick with that for now until NVIDIA actually stops providing that as an option on its nvidia-settings program.

It doesn't seem like Xinerama should affect Firefox -- nothing else seems to be affected -- but if that's the case then I'll stick with the 52.9 version for the time being and see what happens when Slackware 15.0 comes out.
 
  


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