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Old 08-01-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
Gault LaRue
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Columbia, MD
Distribution: Slackware 10.2 / 11.0 / 12.0
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Where did openmotif go?

Hello again,

I have never had any luck getting my application to work correctly with Lesstif. I would run into traversal and field focus issues, plus other assorted odd behavior. And then I noticed openmotif-2.2.0 in the /extras section of Slackware 10.2. Since that was the Slackware I was running at the time (Summer 2006), I thought I'd give it a shot. You know what? All my problems went away! I was confident that I could port my app from its original HP-UX to Slackware with little issue.

But now, here I am in Slackware 12.0, and I can't find openmotif anywhere. I can't find it in the /extras for 12.0 or 11.0, and I find no reference to its deletion in the changelogs or in any of the CHANGES AND HINTS for 11.0 or 12.0.

What gives? Does anyone know what happened to it?

Old 08-01-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2006
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i guess it has been removed . if you really need it, you can grab the Slackbuild from
and the new version from

in the long run however, using lesstif may be less work..

btw; did you read this:

Slackware's Open Motif and LessTif packages should not be installed at the same
time (though it may be possible to make them work together if you compile them
both from source and put them in different locations). So before you begin,
remove lesstif from your system:

removepkg lesstif

Then, install the Open Motif package:

installpkg openmotif-2.2.2-i486-1.tgz

Open Motif will now be installed.

Old 08-01-2007, 02:24 PM   #3
Gault LaRue
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Thanks! I'll give building openmotif from the old source a try. I didn't know where to find it before.

For kicks and grins, I tried doing a simple installpkg of the openmotif package from 10.2 /extra on a test 12.0 system, and things seemed to work. I will build from the source, as you suggested, so things don't get loused up somewhere down the line.

Thanks for the README link too. I had not seen that before.



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