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Automating Slackware's Package Management

Posted 02-20-2013 at 01:45 AM by psionl0
Updated 02-20-2013 at 02:04 AM by psionl0

In my previous blog, I explained how even if you are only installing a couple of files on the system, there were advantages to creating a Slackware package to do so. The example I gave was the files I needed to disable nouveau and use nvidia instead.

This policy paid dividends when I upgraded to Slackware 14.0. The nvidia drivers wouldn't work and I faced the task of upgrading them for 14.0 (which meant remembering stuff I had done 18 months ago). Before doing that, it seemed prudent...
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Using Slackware's Package Management

Posted 08-19-2011 at 08:50 AM by psionl0
Updated 08-19-2011 at 12:03 PM by psionl0

Slackware's package management system is very simple and effective. Run installpkg and all the files in the package get installed in the right place, installation scripts get run and a record of the installation gets stored in /var/log/packages. The time stamp on the file in /var/log/packages also tells you when the package was installed (very handy sometimes).

Of course, if you no longer need the package then you can run removepkg and all of the package's files (not shared by other...
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