Re: Making life dfficult.

From: Ryan Pavlik <>
Date: Tue Jun 27 2006 - 23:14:12 CEST

 From a slackware user's perspective:
I now use Slackware only as a server OS. If you use it as a desktop OS,
install a third-party GNOME installation - gconf2 is a very standard
component of GNOME. The removal of everything related to GNOME in
Slackware 10.2 (including very minimally-depending libraries such as
libgnomeprint and libgnomeprint-ui, two libraries which AbiWord needs)
unfortunately meant the demise of many useful desktop applications. If
you install libgnomeprint, libgnomeprint-ui, and its dependencies (I
think just hicolor-icon-theme, although don't quote me on that), you
should be able to compile a --without-gnome (which I think is a default
configure switch) GTK+ only version of AbiWord to work on Slackware.

Good luck!

(For reference, I now use Ubuntu on the desktop, Slackware on the server)


John Culleton wrote:
> There is nothing in life so simple, so universally understood, so
> foolproof but that some eager beaver can't complicate it beyond belief.
> I upgraded my Slack system and in the process Abiword disappeared.
> No problem, I could just download the latest version and install,
> right? Wrong. The install directions were a totally new adventure, but
> I was reassured I only had to do most of it once. After going through
> all the instructions I got down to the bottom of the page where it
> said in essence you could just download a tarball and do it the easy
> way. So, muttering imprecations under my breath I did that. Then I
> started through the familiar ./configure, make make install sequence.
> The configure blew up because I didn't have a file called gconf2. The
> instructions at that point suggested that I find that file or a file
> with a similar name on my Slack system. None such available.
> However the old version of Abiword was available on my Slack 10.2 disk
> so I installed that and things went forward as expected.
> I suggest that if the instructions for a conventional install are
> given they should be given first. That would save a lot of time. I
> also suggest that if something called gconf2 is required, and it isn't
> a standard component in e.g., slackware, then it shold be included in
> said tarball, or a more readily available file used instead.
> As for me I will continue to use the old Abiword for such things as
> converting doc files to rtf and so on. I wasted a lot of time today
> and finally ended up with the old version anyway. Whatever virtues the
> newer version has I will never know. It isn't worth the hassle to
> find out.
> (end grump)
> John Culleton

Ryan Pavlik
AbiWord Win32 Platform Maintainer
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