Originally Posted by ronty
Many thanks for all your information on up-dating Slackware. I just thought Slack might have had an in- built updater on 11.0.
To clarify this: There are scripts like slackupdate and tools like slapt-get, or the officially supported slackpkg that make it really easy to keep your system up-to-date. Really easy.
If you want to run them automatically, you can create a cronjob, eg. I just wanted to make clear that you should know what you are doing. This includes that it is usually a good idea to either
- read the changelogs of any patch or update before applying it and then install/upgrade manually or
- exclude all critical stuff like kernel and system libraries from automated updates or
- both (the best way)
BTW, slapt-get (and probably swaret, too) can be configured to only use officially supported software, ie updates and patches for the packages that come with the standard distribution prepared by the Slackware team. In other words: You can exclude any 3rd party software repositories.
To make it totally clear: Tools like slapt-get and swaret are fine, but in order not to unintentionally spoil your installation you should carefully read what they exactly do. These tools can provide a lot of comfort, and have never caused problems for me. But some degree of paranoia is healthy here. ;-)