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i downloaded it as a source tarball that ended in .tar.gz and i tried installing it like that and it didn't work. i was told renaming the extension to .tgz would work but it did not.
You were misinformed.
A Slackware *.tgz package is a lot different from a source tarball ending in *.tgz
If you downloaded a source tarball, why not try to make a proper package out of it
You can find a generic build script here. a Build script is run from the terminal to compile the source and bundle it into a package so that you can easily install and remove the utility.
There are a lot of good how-tos for building slackware packages all around the net, google can help you find them.
That is true, but he would have to use the -current package, which likely won't work on Slackware 11 since KDE has been moved out of /opt in -current. The version of KTorrent for Slackware 11 is considerably outdated, and since some very serious issues (issues that got KTorrent banned on a number of trackers) were fixed in the latest release, you really shouldn't be using an old version.
You should stay away from linuxpackages.net
as they have a bad history you know...
I get most of packages from trusted places
like slackbuilds.org or the packages that
rworkman built. Or just compile from source.
Or build yourself a package as truthfatal said.
ok i got ktorrent to install but i am having another problem trying to get vlc to install
i use the installpkg command and it seems to work at first...
root@what:~# installpkg vlc-0.8.5-i686-3.tgz
Installing package vlc-0.8.5-i686-3...
vlc: VLC (VLC media player)
vlc: VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player
vlc: for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3,
vlc: ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It
vlc: can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4
vlc: or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
vlc: Visit the VLC media player project online:
vlc: This package has been compiled for Slackware 10.x by firstname.lastname@example.org
Executing install script for vlc-0.8.5-i686-3...