Wary and Racy 5.3.90 (5.4beta1)

Ok, here they are! These are the first betas for the next release of Wary and Racy, which will be version 5.4. The current official release is 5.3.

Wary 5.3.90
Get it from here:

There are some issues with this one. The 'welcome1stboot' window does not appear. It was built without an Adobe Flash Player, also without Getflash. But, you can grab either, either via PPM, or direct (5.1MB, 8KB):

Racy 5.3.90
Get it from here:

Racy does have both Adobe Flash Player and Getflash. Also 'welcome1stboot' works. Only one issue I have noticed so far: Planner project management appears in both Business and Utility sub-menus.

The kernels are the same as for 5.3. Lots of infrastructure upgrades with Woof, plus many apps updated, including cups now 1.4.8 and seamonkey now 2.12.1.

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Wary: older Geeqie

Forum member tuxtoo reported that the Geeqie image viewer (from wary5 repo) crashes in Wary:

Tuxtoo found an older version, compiled back in 2009 by puppyluvr, that works:

I have added an icon to puppyluvr's PET and rolled back to this older version in the ibiblio 'wary5' repo. I will upload the PET soon.

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Planning for next Wary/Racy

To keep everyone informed about what I am currently doing...

I am reading through the Wary/Racy 5.3 feedback thread:

I plan to build a beta for the next release, which will probably be 5.4.

I don't know about the kernels though, might leave them alone. The thing is, we have some drivers, for example nVidia, compiled for those kernels, and if I upgrade the kernels then those PETs will also require upgrading.

If there is no urgent need to upgrade the kernels, I will leave them alone.

So, the next Wary/Racy will have all the new features of Woof, plus various application upgrades.

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Wary: Sakura 2.4.2

Karl Godt compiled Sakura terminal emulator in Racy 5.3:

He also compiled the dependency 'vte' and provided a PET, however the Wary5 repo already has the 'vte' package.

I tested KG's Sakura with the current 'vte' PET, works. I tweaked the Sakura PET a bit and have added it to the wary5 repo.

PETs (30KB, 5KB, 14KB):

You will also need to install the 'vte' PET, but of course once 'sakura' is in the PPM, this dependency will be taken care of.

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Wary: SeaMonkey 2.12.1

I have started to look at getting Wary and Racy organised for the next release.

I was unable to compile SeaMonkey 2.12.1. It required upgrading of libvpx (from 0.9.7 to 1.1.0) and sqlite (from 3.7.10 to 3.7.14), however it seems that the version of gcc in Wary is too old. I did some research on this, fiddled around for sometime, but was unable to compile SM.

So, I used the official binary from the SM website, made it into a PET. This requires 'dbus-glib', so I enabled that (and 'dbus') in the Wary (and Racy) package-list.
Note, it does not use the system libvpx and sqlite, has it's own inbuilt. Ditto for cairo.

As this new PET includes the IRC-chat client module, I added a menu entry under the 'Internet' category.

Sigh... I don't like to see this. Just looking at the SM PETs, version 1.1.19 is 10.1MB, 2.0.11 is 11.2MB, and 2.12.1 is 21.5MB!

The PETs (252KB, 307KB, 21.5MB, 380KB, 443KB):

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Slow going

I have run into a problem with the latest builds of Wary and Racy. ROX-Filer refuses to display thumbnails. It outputs an error message that I cannot understand.

I have been trying to figure out what is wrong, no success.

So, I am now going through a very painfully slow process of elimination. I have checked out the version of Woof used to build Wary/Racy 5.3 -- commit 9d81d0919b, April 3, 2012 -- build Racy, test ROX, then update Woof by say one month, build Racy and test ROX, etc.

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gtk 2.24.11 with paste patch

I have compiled GTK+ version 2.24.11 in Wary.

Forum member disciple reported on a patch for a keypress to replace the mouse middle-button, to paste the primary selection:

The patches for GTK+ 2.24.x and 3.x are here:

Here are the PETs (2.3MB, 266KB):

Here is how I configured it:
# patch -p1 < ../gtk2-0001-Add-paste-selection-keybind-signal-2.24.1.patch

# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-t2-linux-gnu --with-xinput=yes --enable-debug=minimum

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CUPS 1.4.8

I have compiled CUPS 1.4.8 in Wary, for use in Wary and Racy. This is to fix a problem with landscape printing, mentioned here:

The PETs (2.2MB, 35KB, 603KB, 589KB):

Note that the PET package for 1.3.11, as used in Wary/Racy up until now, is 1.3MB, this new PET is 2.2MB.

Here is how I configured it:
# LDFLAGS='-L/usr/X11R7' DSOFLAGS='-L/usr/X11R7' CPPFLAGS='-I/usr/X11R7/include' CFLAGS='-I/usr/X11R7/include'  ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --disable-dbus --disable-pam --enable-libpaper --disable-ldap --disable-dnssd --disable-launchd --disable-slp  --disable-gssapi --disable-use-network-default --disable-pap --enable-openssl --disable-libusb --with-pdftops=/usr/bin/pdftops

...this took me awhile to get right. The '--disable-libusb' is required so that CUPS will use the old "usblp kernel module" method -- otherwise, the 'usblp' module has to be blacklisted. Besides, I'm not sure if the CUPS developers have got the new "libusb" method fully sorted out.

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Wary: ffmpeg improved

K Godt, npierce and shinobar have been investigating improvements to ffmpeg in Wary and Racy:

I have uploaded the ffmpeg PETs compiled by shinobar, with x11grab and network support (2.3MB, 2.8MB):

This works with shinobar's latest ffconvert 1.3 (61KB):

This improvement will of course be in the next release of Wary/Racy.

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nVidia SFS files

Shinobar has been supporting nVidia video hardware with SFS files. This is for many versions of Puppy, back to 4.3.1, also including the latest Wary and Racy 5.3 and Slacko 5.3.3.

Forum thread:

Shinobar's package hosting site:

For the convenience of Wary/Racy users, I have uploaded the 'nvidia-glx-sdl-295.49.sfs' to the SFS repo (downloadable via the 'install' icon on the desktop):

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