Originally Posted by Old_Fogie
I'm going to try putting dropline into a working slackware 10.2 that is "updated" full nooby install.
Once that is done, and assuming that gnome works.
What is the best way to keep my slackware w/KDE and gnome up to date?
Presently, I just use slapt-get. But my fear is that will want to reverse dropline's changes.
I see that dropline advises of files that it replaces on a stock system. I see that dropline has an update feature for it's gnome.
But do they now take the initiative to deploy ALL updates for my entire system?
Or am I supposed to look at Pat's changelog, then see if that is something that may conflict with my gnome and do it all by hand as updates arise? I cannot find any info to this effect.
Dropline only handles the files that are part of the Dropline suite itself. All of the replacement packs that are noted on the download page are included in these updates (e.g. X11, GTK, and other such packages will always be updated and patched for security advisories).
Security updates from Slackware.com will have to be manually upgraded. We've considered having them get automatically updated by the dropline-installer as well, but have decided against it as it might cause more problems than it's worth. In the future, we might add an extra feature for these updates though.
I would not use the Slackware Changelog (which is only for Slackware Current, the unstable development branch). Dropline suggestests that you only use the recent stable build (10.2 right now), and follow the Security advisories located here:
. You can quickly access them by going to the following directory on your favorite Slackware mirror:
If you happen to accidentally install a Slackware security update for a package (e.g. mozilla-firefox), it will automatically be updated again with the Dropline version when you run dropline-installer the next time and choose "upgrade". It's possible to blacklist any updates in dropline-gnome, but is only suggested if you are quite familiar with it though (blacklisted entries can be added to /etc/dropline/blacklist with only the package name per line, with no version numbers).
If you are using slapt-get to only download security updates for 10.2, then you should be able to continue using that tool. I've heard that it tends to ignore packages tagged with "dl" in the filename (like all dropline packages). If you are using slapt-get to update to "Current" though, I do not believe it would be a good idea to install Dropline GNOME. Some people seem to ignore this warning, and run into problems (and blame us). We only support Slackware's stable releases. It will not work on Current unless you really understand package management and you are capable of correctly resolving dependency problems.