What is the package management tool of your choice
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Pacman, because it is simply the best. It is fast, good dependency handling. It is easy to create your own packages. And if the packager has added a dependeny you don't need, it is very easy to cheat Pacman to think it is installed (by creating an empty package that "provides" that package). It doesn't overwrite files (unless you use -f to force it). In short, Pacman behaves just like a civilized package manager.
Portage is by far endlessly superior IMO. it has USE-flags, ACCEPT_LICENSE, brilliant dependency handling, it's easy to write packages -- and as an added bonus everything is compiled on your computer, ensuring trust, security and freedom. it also of course helps performance.
on systems without Portage I ended up using wget and make, because that was the only way I can achieve an even remotely behaving system, besides installing Gentoo Prefix. the current solution is to just use Gentoo on all computers. :-)
Last edited by indietrash; 03-01-2013 at 02:34 AM.
I just use Slackware's CLI commands: installpkg, upgradepkg, removepkg and even makepkg. There is also src2pkg. But none of those options are given.
Also, I prefer using CLI commands installpkg or upgradepkg --install-new, removepkg... but only offered pkgtool. I use ./configure, make, make install or sh package_name.SlackBuild and then installpkg or upgradepkg --install-new name_package.txz
Actually, pgtool rarely used, only when I can not uninstall a package with removepkg.
And src2pkg is excellent tool for converting packages.