Slackware-current update to libcap-ng broke CIFS-tools

Earlier this week, and update to libcap-ng broke mounting my SaMBa server shares on startup. I received the error message: Unable to apply new capability set. Barcoboy on https://www.linuxquestions.org/ was quick to point out that the issue was libcap-ng and could be mitigated by downloading the previous version from https://slackware.uk/cumulative/slackware64-current/ This morning (26-Nov-2020), dr.s pointed … Read more

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

After updating to PHP 7.4.10, I’m getting the dreaded “pear.php.net is using a unsupported protocol – This should never happen. upgrade failed.” error message when running pecl upgrade. After a bit of searching, I found a post that suggests the command pear udpate would help. When I gried this, I got, “pear/pear dependency package “pear/Archive_Tar” … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Yet Another Domain Registration Company Violating WHOIS Policy

On 2 June 2017, I received physical junk mail from yet another scammy domain seller. Apparently, IDNS.ag (a.k.a. IDNS.to), Internet Domain Name Serivces hopes that I’m stupid enough to believe that are some official domain registration organization and that I should pay them $45 per year to renew/extend one of my domains. The letter claims … Read more

I Was Wrong (again): Let’s Encrypt Works For Me, Thanks to A2Hosting!

As often happens, when I bitch and whine about something, I’m bloody wrong! I was wrong about being unable to use Let’s Encrypt. No, the folks at EFF didn’t fix anything. It turns out that my hosting provider, A2Hosting took care of it for me, before I asked!! Yay A2Hosting! I took another look through … Read more