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Old 02-05-2014, 03:12 AM   #1
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Two dudes about Slackware.

Hello guys, im new in slackware distribution and i have two dudes about this distribution.
Hey guys, I'm new to slackware and I have a couple of questions about this distribution.

The first is that I installed slackware on an old pc I have to do testing, installation was a breeze, no problem, but when I do a "slackpkg install libreoffice" or "slackpkg install lxde" or "slackpkg install openbox "slackpkg tells me that there are no such packages, I've tried to change mirror for that and maybe if I get the same result. I know there are the famous slackbuils, indeed, I have used to compile with libreoffice success, but I find it strange that in the official repositories of slackware not exist as basic packages, and not if so or if I'm doing something wrong.

Another question that I have is that before installing slackware had always read that slackpkg not resolve dependencies, however, I made a "slackpkg install gcc" and "slackpkg install perl" and the packages have been installed successfully without me having to do anything at hand.

Thanks in advance and forgive my ignorance, I am completely new to this distribution.
Old 02-05-2014, 04:28 AM   #2
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Hello Snake, welcome to LQ and to Slackland.

slackpkg only deal with "official" Slackware package, i.e. packages included in the distribution.

It finds the packages scanning the file PACKAGES.TXT for the requested version and architecture.

Packages for libreoffice, lxde and openbox are not included in Slackware, so they are not included in PACKAGES.TXT.

Indeed slackpkg doesn't resolve dependencies, because they are not recorded in Slackware.

This choice is consistent with following design decisions:
  • Users are expected to install all official packages.
  • No Slackware package needs an "alien" dependency, in other words a package not shipped in Slackware.
That's why you will never miss a dependency when installing a Slackware package, provided you made a full installation.

For instance perl and gcc being official Slackware packages, if you made a full installation you already have all dependencies, thus no need for slackpkg to manage them.

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Old 02-05-2014, 05:07 AM   #3
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If you want third-party packages you should go for, also search for sbopkg. There you can install libreoffice, vlc, openbox, etc.

Anothrer place I would advise you to look is alien's bob repository.

Edit: look for slackpkgplus too, it is like an addon for slackpkg. Then, you can use slackpkg with third party repos (like alien's one) and sbopkg for slackbuilds and you can have pretty much everything you might need.

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:02 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by -Snake- View Post
I am completely new to this distribution.
Welcome, here's a short recipe for LibreOffice4.1.4 from Alien's repo:
upgradepkg --install-new libreoffice-4.1.4-i486-1alien.txz
upgradepkg --install-new libreoffice-dict-en-4.1.4-i486-1alien.txz
if you want 64 bit, navigate to and change links accordingly in the wget statements.

That should get you installed on that. The rest, I leave to you.

Have fun!

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:28 AM   #5
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Another excellent third party repository is Robby's site. Eric and Robby's sites are completely trustworthy.
Old 02-05-2014, 10:24 AM   #6
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LibreOffice is also trivially installed using sbopkg:

ttk@wip:~> sudo sbopkg -V 'SBo/14.1' -g libreoffice
Searching for libreoffice
Found the following matches for libreoffice:
The same command, with "-i" instead of "-g", would install libreoffice.

Remember to "sudo sbopkg -V 'SBo/14.1' -r" first if you just installed sbopkg.

Tangentally: I'm usually more of a "take things out" person than "put more things in", but why isn't sbopkg shipped with Slackware? It is a tremendous boon.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:32 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by ttk View Post
Why isn't sbopkg shipped with Slackware? It is a tremendous boon.
Great Q! It's the first thing I install.


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