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Old 08-04-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
vharishankar
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Slackpkg?


This is the third time I'm installing Slackware, folks. After a hiatus, I'm back!

Anyway, this time I've decided to ditch swaret or slapt-get as reliable means of updating the system. Instead I've decided to go with slackpkg and using only official updates and the changelog. It seems to be a breeze to use...

So what are the things to watch out for, particularly with reference to upgrades (apart from reading and following the changelog of course)?
 
Old 08-04-2006, 11:54 AM   #2
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You already answered your own question. Changelogs. I've been using slackpkg for a long time to stay abreast with -current and have had no problems at all.

I use the slackpkg blacklist command to blacklist those things like the kernel, headers, and such that I don't want it to touch.
 
Old 08-04-2006, 11:55 AM   #3
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Hokay, chief.

I'm also impressed by Checkinstall (which I use in Debian to install packages not found in the repositories) and it's pretty impressive for the occasional custom package.

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Old 08-04-2006, 12:16 PM   #4
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Is there a gui for slackpkg? Now that I'm comfortable enough with Slackware, I want to start doing updates on a regular basis. Thanks.
 
Old 08-04-2006, 12:51 PM   #5
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I don't know of any gui but I want to reiterate about reading the changelog before doing an upgrade. It's v important.

You could set up a cron job to check the changelog daily and go by that if you need to upgrade or not. This is what I do. My crontab is:

Code:
 0 6 * * * /usr/bin/aterm -fn sabvga -e /home/dave/scripts/changelog 1>/dev/null 2>&1
And the script is:

Code:
 #!/bin/bash

 cd /home/dave/slack-changelog
 mv ChangeLog.txt ChangeLog.last
 wget ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-current/ChangeLog.txt
 diff ChangeLog.txt ChangeLog.last > dfile
 if [ -s dfile ]
     then
     cp dfile "changelog_`date +%Y%m%d`"
     cat dfile
     read
 fi
This compares the latest changelog with the day befores and if theres a change it outputs it to a terminal. I have this run at 6am daily so I can read it over breakfast. Then I use slackpkg sometime in the evening when the mirrors have had time to update:

slackpkg update
slackpkg upgrade-all

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Old 08-04-2006, 01:08 PM   #6
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Checkinstall is awesome for a paranoid source-builder like me who doesn't feel like writing SlackBuilds or .tgz's.

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Old 08-04-2006, 01:14 PM   #7
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*Edit: Seems the version of slackpkg in -current (2.05 I think) has a curses gui now.
 
Old 08-04-2006, 01:24 PM   #8
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Yeah, the new one in current is curses based. Freaked me out the first time I ran it LOL
 
Old 08-04-2006, 02:01 PM   #9
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Cool! Thanks. this thread is becoming very informational. I think as long as it's kept on topic, it could become a great resource for future reference.
 
Old 08-04-2006, 02:36 PM   #10
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I wouldn't recommend updating to current now though. Updating from 10.2 is likely to cause problems. It did when I tried it.
 
Old 08-04-2006, 04:45 PM   #11
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You're right, upgrading now would be painful. If you've got a real itch to be at -current though and have a box you can run a new install on...

You can run a local slackware -current mirror using rsync with Alien Bob's script from http://www.slackware.com/~alien/tool...are-current.sh which also creates the install CDs/DVD. Once you have them...
 
Old 08-04-2006, 09:43 PM   #12
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I'm currently pointing to 10.2. Will upgrade only when 11.0 comes out.
 
Old 08-04-2006, 10:08 PM   #13
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You don't need Slack-11 erh.. Slack-current to run the latest Slackpkg, you can grab the latest version at http://slackpkg.sourceforge.net/
 
Old 08-04-2006, 10:10 PM   #14
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I wasn't referring to slackpkg. I was just referring to Slackware packages in general.
 
  


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