Building Stellarium 0.20.2 on Slackware Current

When I saw that Stellarium 0.20.2 was available, I downloaded the source from https://github.com/Stellarium/stellarium/releases/download/v0.20.2/stellarium-0.20.2.tar.gz and used the .Slackbuild from http://slackbuilds.org/ tried to build it with: VERSION=0.20.2 ./stellarium.SlackBuild‘ During the config process, the build failed with the error: cmake: error while loading shared libraries: liblz4.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory After … Read more Building Stellarium 0.20.2 on Slackware Current

Slackware 14.2 and Adaptec AIC94xx SCSI

I recently upgraded a Supermicros X7DB8 motherboard server from Slackware64 13.37 to Slackware64 14.2. Initially, I had issues with the built-in Adaptec AIC-9410W SAS not detecting the attached drives. After much thinking and some poking around, I finally discovered that the package kernel-firmware-20191108 is missing the firmware for this card: aic94xx-seq.fw. As an expedient, I … Read more Slackware 14.2 and Adaptec AIC94xx SCSI

Burning CD-RW on Slackware from the Command Line

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve been working from home. This caused me, for reasons that are unimportant, to learn how to burn a CD-RW from the command line in Slackware Linux. The first step was to erase the media in the drive. (While DVD-RW media can be overwritten, I’ve always had to erase CD-RW … Read more Burning CD-RW on Slackware from the Command Line

Rsync: error starting client-server protocol (code 5)

While setting up a new server, I encountered the, sometime vague, “error starting client-server protocol (code 5)” when trying to rsync the files from the box to be replaced. On the source server, the in /var/log/messages, I found: Apr 12 08:59:09 REDACTED rsyncd[19871]: auth failed on module etc from REDACTED (REDACTED): invalid challenge response I … Read more Rsync: error starting client-server protocol (code 5)

WordPress 5.0 Is Here!

Today, 06 December 2018, WordPress 5.0 has been released. The biggest change is that TinyMCE has been replaced by the Gutenberg (block-oriented) editor. I’ve been playing with Gutenberg since I first heard about it: since August. So far, I really like Gutenberg. It’s just as easy to use as TinyMCE and the bock-oriented nature produces … Read more WordPress 5.0 Is Here!

PHP: Fixing “pear.php.net is using a unsupported protocol – This should never happen.” (again)

On servers using PHP 5.6.38, PHP 7.2.11, and PHP 7.3.0RC2, when I run pecl upgrade, I get the error message: pear.php.net is using a unsupported protocol – This should never happen. upgrade failed I looked at my previous blog post and found that, back then (2014), the solution was to run: pear upgrade –force xml_util. … Read more PHP: Fixing “pear.php.net is using a unsupported protocol – This should never happen.” (again)

VLC Media Player Fails with: vlc cannot instantiate dialogs provider

I recently installed Slackware64 current on my home workstation. After installing VLC Media Player from Alien Bob’s restricted Slackbuilds,, I discovered that VLC would not start. After poking around, I found that VLC was giving the error: cannot instantiate dialogs provider. Some searching around, revealed the answer on linuxquestions.org and in the file http://slackware.uk/people/alien/restricted_slackbuilds/vlc/pkg64/current/vlc-3.0.3-x86_64-1alien.dep That … Read more VLC Media Player Fails with: vlc cannot instantiate dialogs provider

Spam of the Day

I especially like FreeLottoe and Winniner From – Thu May 24 09:19:01 2018 X-Account-Key: account2 X-UIDL: _8/”!(Eh”!9>*#!hJT!! X-Mozilla-Status: 0011 X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000 X-Mozilla-Keys: Return-Path: Received: from REDACTED by REDACTED (8.14.9/8.14.3) with ESMTP id w4I0KWfx002926 for ; Thu, 17 May 2018 20:20:32 -0400 Received: from mail02.bottledomains.net.au ([202.174.86.249]) by REDACTED (8.14.9/8.14.9) with SMTP id w4I0KUk0004383 for ; Thu, 17 … Read more Spam of the Day

VirtualBox Kernel Modules Won’t Compile with Linux 4.14.24

This morning, I tried to run VirtualBox on my workstation–running Slackware64 Current–at work and found that the kernel modules were not installed. Knowing that I had upgraded the kernel (to 4.14.24) this morning, I tried to build the modules: cd /usr/src/vboxhost-5.2.8 make and got a horrible message (and feeling -): /opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxhost/vboxdrv/Makefile.include.header:141: *** Error: unable to … Read more VirtualBox Kernel Modules Won’t Compile with Linux 4.14.24

Google Chrome 61 and Slackware 14.2

On Tuesday (September 5, 2017), Google released Chrome 61 (61.0.3163.79).  The .SlackBuild from extra worked to make the Slackware package and it installed just fine.  But, when I tried to run Chrome, it failed to open. NOTE: Early on September 7, 2017, the good folks at Slackware.com released mozilla-nss-3.31.1 for Slackware 14.1, 14.2 and current, … Read more Google Chrome 61 and Slackware 14.2