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Old 01-21-2005, 06:55 AM   #1
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Are packages from safe?

I read on a thread in some other forum that packages from can contain worms, trojans, viruses, etc. Because slackware doesn't have stringent testing for packages like Debian, downloaded packages are not secure. Is this true?

Old 01-21-2005, 07:11 AM   #2
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I have never heard of anyone getting worms, trojans or viruses from there. The biggest problem is the packages aren't always built properly is the only complaint I have heard. I think there is any article there you can read for yourself about package submission. They certainly are not as conistent as the Debian repositories.
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Thought I'd add a few cents to this discussion.

I can't comment on the reliability of as I never use anything from there.

Packages are useful, but you can't beat installing from source ;-), but the drawback is that it can be a pain to uninstall things if they've been installed from source.

The way round this is to install the packages using checkinstall which creates a package before installing it.


You could then submit the package to if you wanted to help contribute :-)


Old 01-21-2005, 08:14 AM   #4
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Personally speaking, if there was a security issue or flaw that was serious, it wouldn't be ignored.. And besides, its's reputation at stake..

To me, if i wanted to install a program with
./configure (--with-this --with-that.......)

to create a package, and if that package is the same as someone else who did the same thing in his system and put it on, then i don't see the difference, and i wouldn't mind saving myself the trouble and time by using his.
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yes, is trustworthy


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