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pico or nano editor SlackWare package
I'm a SlackWare administrator with minimal experience, but not quite a total n00b. I've used DOS and Windows variants for a couple of decades, though.
I have built a couple of minimal SlackWare 11 servers for single purposes: ftp server with a few read-only files, Samba server with CUPS for my Windows boxen to spool print jobs, etc. Each day, I get a little more frustrated with my own failure to get accustomed to the vi editor (SlackWare uses elvis), and I want to go back to pico (installed on my full Slackware installation) or nano (which I've seen on a couple of Fedora-based appliances).
To get pico in a package on SlackWare 11, I have to install pine (an internet EMail reader client I don't really care about). Pine, in turn, wants to see the cyrus-sasl package installed. I'm trying to keep my servers as lean as possible, so I'd rather not add this extraneous material that I plan not to use.
How (and where) can I obtain a .tgz package that will install via SlackWare's installpkg command with just pico or just nano alone?
well considering that he said he had a minimal install im willing to be that he doesnt have anything from /d install so he wouldnt be able to compile it. if you really want nano you can try the package from -current. i wouldnt use anything from lp.net, they arent clean builds. personally i wouldnt use nano if you have pico. they are pretty much the same thing. if you want a really slick text editor thats way better than pico check out "joe"
Please do not install Slackware -current packages onto a system that's not running Slackware -current. This is always good advice, but much more important right now since -current has a newer C library version (as well as numerous other libraries) than what is available in any official release. In addition to glibc, nano links to the ncurses library, and the -current version of this is also newer than that on 11.0. To make a long story short, you can quickly find yourself with an unusable system if you upgrade the wrong packages from the -current branch.
In case it's not clear, the -current branch is the *development* version of Slackware. It is not intended to be used on a production system (even if it *is* usually stable enough to do so), and at any given time, some parts of it may be incompatible with other parts - again, it is the *development* branch leading to the next stable release.
Since this post is long enough, I'll start a new one to address the original question...
I know you mentioned that these are minimal installations, but if you have the disk space, there's no good reason to not have a compiler on the boxes. I know that some people think it's a security benefit to not have a compiler, but that's absurd - if I get into the box, there's no good reason why I can't just download a static $BAD_BINARY for whatever I need to do; I don't need your compiler. More importantly, by not having a compiler, you are making your job as administrator more difficult, so not having a compiler becomes a net loss.
If disk space is really a problem, you could set up a chroot build environment (for each Slackware version of which you have a server running) on your fastest box and then use those chroot environments to compile needed software for the other boxes.