Upgrade Any KDE version to KDE 4.9.5 on Slackware

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KDE or K Desktop Environment has released their latest version, version 4.9.5, on 1 January 2013. This article will discuss about how to upgrade KDE to 4.95 on Slackware. In this article I use Slackware64 version 14.0. But you can also use Slackware 32 bit to do it.

First of all, copy this article to a text. To upgrade KDE make sure you don’t run X and KDE. You can exit GUI by switch to tty1 (press <CTRL> + <ALT> + <F1>), login with root and invoke this command:

telinit 3

Next we will downloads the required packages on official site. It is more recommended to download from mirror server you know. But at this point we will use the official site as our reference. Now issue this command:

rsync -av rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/ktown/14.0/4.9.5 .

The above command will download the whole 4.9.5 directory excluding sources directory into current directory. Beware, pay attention for last “.” (dot) as it is also part of command.

After finish synchronizing, make sure you have minimal three folders: deps, x86, x86_64 under 4.9.5. If you only want to download only 64 bit version, do this instead of last command:

rsync -av --exclude=x86 rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/ktown/14.0/4.9.5 .

If you want to download 32 version only, do this:

rsync -av --exclude=x86_64 rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/ktown/14.0/4.9.5 .

Now enter directory 4.9.5. Within that directory do these command:

upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/deps/*.t?z
upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/kde/*.t?z
removepkg kdemultimedia
removepkg ksecrets

If you install 32 bit version, do this instead:

upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86/deps/*.t?z
upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86/kde/*.t?z
removepkg kdemultimedia
removepkg ksecrets

At this point you are officially has upgrade your KDE to 4.9.5. But if you already have one or more non-english language packs installed, you have to install it to. For you who use 32-bit, you can also do this command:

upgradepkg x86_64/kdei/*.t?z

If you don’t have any but want to install it, you can do this command and substitute XX with language pack you want to install:

upgradepkg --install-new x86_64/kdei/kde-l10n-XX-*.t?z

If you want to know what language packs supported, you can browse the directory by:

ls x86_64/kdei/

Now reboot your system and check to make sure you have install 4.9.5. You can do it by:

kded4-config -v

Did you see 4.9.5 there? 😀

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