[scribus] PPA for Ubuntu Trusty not working?

john Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Wed Aug 20 15:53:49 UTC 2014

On Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:56:08 -0700
John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:04:25 -0700
> John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> dijo:
> >I guess it really is working, because I just
> >noticed that Synaptic now lists Scribus-trunk
> >1.5.0. I installed it and it seems to work OK.
> >Don't know what happened to 1.4.3 and 1.4.4,
> >but oh well. As long as 1.5.0 doesn't crash a
> >lot I don't mind doing constant saves. And the
> >automatic backup is set to ten minutes anyway.
> >
> >Now I have to play with it. :)
> OK, I have spent some time playing with it and
> there are too many bugs for it to be usable, at
> least for manipulating text. I opened an old
> finished document and one of the text frames
> was messed up, so I tried to fix it. The text
> frame contained just two words, each on a
> separate line and centered, with the text
> shrunk to 88% in height and expanded to 107% in
> width for one word and 117% for the other. As I
> was trying to fix it text kept disappearing,
> the center button didn't work on the second
> line, line spacing was erratic - it was
> hopeless. 
> I want my 1.4.3 back, or maybe 1.4.4. The
> Ubuntu 14.04.1 repository does not list them.
> Where can I get them?
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On my Slackware box I download and compile 1.4.x
and 1.5.0 nightly using a cron script. Here is
the 1.4.x (currently 1.4.5) script:
rm -r /usr/local/src/s14x
cd /usr/local/src/

svn co svn://scribus.net/branches/Version14x/Scribus s14x
cd s14x
cmake . -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/usr/local/scribus4_svn 
make install
cd scribus
ls -l scribus
rm /usr/local/bin/scrib4
ln scribus /usr/local/bin/scrib4
Ubuntu, like other Linuxes, can compile programs
from source. You do not have to wait on someone
to add your needed program to a repository.
You do have to run: 
apt-get install build.essentials 
and perhaps
download some libraries. 

For some reason I am not able to compile the
latest Inkscape0.91pre2 on Slackware so I
installed an Ubuntu partition just to handle this

Have you tried apt-get install scribus? You should
get something in the 1.4.x series.

John Culleton
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