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EDE on Slackware

On Slackware you have three options of installing EDE on your system:

Installing EDE

A few words on dependencies: EDE needs edelib which depends on FLTK (and both EDE packages use jam during the build process). EDE works with both FLTK 1.1 and FLTK 1.3. 1.1 is really old now and lacks a few important features. If you don't have any special needs, just stick with 1.3. But the choice is yours of course.

:!: EDE comes with its own version of PekWM. If you've already installed this window manager on your system, the two will conflict.

Using ready to install packages

This is the easiest and fastest way of getting EDE.

Architectures and distribution versions

We have Slackware 14.0 packages in our repository for i486 and x86_64 systems.

Downloading and installing

  1. Obtain the packages fltk13-1.3.2-$arch-1_SBo.tgz, edelib-2.0-$arch-1_SBo.tgz and ede-2.0-$arch-1_SBo.tgz for your respective architecture from here.
  2. Install the packages
Example for the lazy

To grab the i486 packages via wget you can just copy this command:


Install them with this command:

installpkg ./fltk13-1.3.2-i486-1_SBo.tgz ./edelib-2.0-i486-1_SBo.tgz ./ede-2.0-i486-1_SBo.tgz

Using SlackBuilds

SBo offers scripts which simplify the process of packaging programs (like EDE) for Slackware.

Distribution versions

The SlackBuilds needed for EDE are available for Slackware versions 14.0 and 14.1.

Preparing and installing the packages

To build the packages yourself, first create a working directory and change to it. Then download the needed SlackBuilds. You can download them with any browser or with the following console commands (substitute 14.0 with 14.1 if appropriate and download fltk.tar.gz instead if you really want FLTK 1.1):


Building a package from a SlackBuild is as easy as decompressing the gzipped tar archive, changing to the new directory, examining $ for the source URL, downloading the source archive and executing the $package.SlackBuild.

To build the FTJAM package do the following:

tar xvzf ftjam.tar.gz
cd ftjam
wget `cat *.info | grep DOWNLOAD= | sed -e 's;DOWNLOAD=;;' -e 's;";;g'`

:!: Either copy the third command or mind the ' and ` characters! Otherwise it won't work.

After all is done, the last line shows the path and name of the newly created package. Install it with this command (of course filling in the correct path and filename):

installpkg /path/filename

Next do the same for the fltk13 package. This one however was written in a way so that it may co-exist with version 1.1 on the same system. For that reason it installs in a non-default directory and also renames some files. Thanks to these changes EDE won't be able to find it so we have to patch the SlackBuild to use the default values. Issue the following command before you run the fltk13.SlackBuild file:

sed -i -e 's;/fltk13;;g' -e 's;mv;#mv;g' -e 's;sed -i ";#sed -i ";g' fltk13.SlackBuild

Once the package has been created, install it. Then build and install edelib and finally EDE accordingly.

Manually building from source

Alternatively you can of course follow the generic building procedure, too: InstallingFromSource.

Starting EDE

You can either use a graphical login manager to bring up EDE or simply use Xorg's startx command. If you want to use startx, edit the file .xinitrc in your user's home directory. Remove (or comment out) whatever other DE or WM gets started and then add exec startede instead. That's it.