I went back to Slackware again, and the knots in my stomach are starting to act up again.
There is not a single application that I have been trying to install using tarballs, that I have been able to finish. This is due to a rash of missing dependencies. Since I can't get Swaret to compile properly, I can't use it to update or maintain any packages. Then I tried Slapt-get, again, with the same results. For simplicity, I enven tried to compile "rdate" to keep the system clock up-to-date, and that didn't compile either! Again, missing something.
I tried to install rdate using an RPM version. This time, I got a lot of dependencies error messages, and also segmentation faults. The segmentation problem occurs with anything that I try to unravel using RPM.
So, where do I go from here? How, where, can I get a COMPLETE package of either Swaret or, Slapt-get, without chasing for hours all over the internet trying to find missing applications? The version on disk 2 of Slackware is corrupt, so I can't use that one either! And no, it has nothing to do with the MD5 numbers, that checked out ok. It is such a shame that at least one of those packages isn't included in the distribution. It would make this distro so much more precious.
How did you accomplish this? I would like to hear from you. Perhaps you could set me straight.