Slackware 11.0 x11-6.9.0 patch fix (SSA:2007-110-01)
Posted on: 04/21/2007 07:08 AM

A new x11-6.9.0-i486-14_slack11.0.tgz patch is available for Slackware 11.0 to fix the inadvertent inclusion of two old fontconfig binaries. Installing the original fontconfig patch followed by the original x11 patch would cause fc-cache and fc-list to be overwritten by old versions, breaking fontconfig.

To fix the issue, reinstall the fontconfig patch. The x11 package has been updated so that installation will not be order-specific for anyone fetching the patches now.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Here are the details from the Slackware 11.0 ChangeLog:
Removed old versions of fc-cache and fc-list.
Somehow a couple of old fontconfig binaries snuck into this package, and prevent fc-cache from working properly at boot (or any other time).
If you've already installed these upgrades, reinstalling the fontconfig package will fix the issue. If you do that, there's no need to reinstall this new x11 package -- it's been fixed so that there's no longer a problem with the package install order (and because those fc-* binaries didn't belong there). Sorry for any inconvenience... Thanks to Petri Kaukasoina for pointing this out. (* Fix *)

Where to find the new package:

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Updated package for Slackware 11.0:

MD5 signatures:

Slackware 11.0 package:
dd7b984b91576d65b829074963dd8bd0 x11-6.9.0-i486-14_slack11.0.tgz

Installation instructions:

If you already have x11-6.9.0-i486-13_slack11.0.tgz, check the version of
fc-cache. It should be 2.4.2:

# fc-cache --version
fontconfig version 2.4.2

If not, reinstall the fontconfig package:

# upgradepkg --reinstall fontconfig-2.4.2-i486-1_slack11.0.tgz

If you don't yet have the new x11, fontconfig, and freetype patches, the versions in slackware-11.0/patches/packages may be installed with upgradepkg in no particular order.


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