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Old 11-11-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
warpalpha
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Keep SBo source packages or delete?


Hi Everyone,

I'm new to Slackware and enjoying the ride so far! Coming to a distro without a package manager is definitely an education and one that I am loving.

One thing I'm not sure about, is whether I should be keeping hold of my sources after downloading and installing from SBo, or whether it's ok to delete the source directory after installation. Presumably doing the latter means I have to keep manual track of source version updates at SBo and rules out using sbopkg?

I am disk space constrained (at present), hence the reason for deleting sources in the first place.

As a side note, is it also common practice to download to, and install sources from, /usr/share?

Many thanks,
Steve
 
Old 11-11-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Farnborough, eh? I lived in Farnborough when I was younger. Indeed I went to both Salesian College and later Farnborough College of Technology (then called "Farnborough Technical College").

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Coming to a distro without a package manager is definitely an education and one that I am loving.
Slackware has a package manager. Don't spread that myth (see: "Package and dependency management shouldn't put you off Slackware").

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One thing I'm not sure about, is whether I should be keeping hold of my sources after downloading and installing from SBo, or whether it's ok to delete the source directory after installation. Presumably doing the latter means I have to keep manual track of source version updates at SBo and rules out using sbopkg?
Nope, sbopkg can download the sources if needed. In any case it can work out if updates are available based on what is installed. It uses the logs the package management tools created and compares them with what is available to do this. Which is why having a package manager is handy.

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As a side note, is it also common practice to download to, and install sources from, /usr/share?
No

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Old 11-12-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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Farnborough, eh? I lived in Farnborough when I was younger. Indeed I went to both Salesian College and later Farnborough College of Technology (then called "Farnborough Technical College").
Small world Both institutions are still here. FCoT has a new automotive dept which is where the old student car park used to be. No idea where the students park now, but at least they can learn more about motoring!

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Slackware has a package manager. Don't spread that myth (see: "Package and dependency management shouldn't put you off Slackware").
Great post - thanks for that. I did of course mean dependency management, not package management, as I have used the package tools extensively already. Doh!

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Nope, sbopkg can download the sources if needed. In any case it can work out if updates are available based on what is installed. It uses the logs the package management tools created and compares them with what is available to do this. Which is why having a package manager is handy.
That certainly is handy! I couldn't originally find information on the size of sbopkg's database once it had initialised, but having now installed it and read, from the man page, that it's around 115MB, I can live with that. And its speed, that I can definitely live with.

Thanks for the guidance, RuarÝ.

Steve
 
  


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