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Old 01-13-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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How to Maintain Slackware with Applications that are Built Locally?


When installing applications on Slackware that must be built locally because no *.tgz packages are available, is it better or even possible to somehow use makepkg to first build the application, then wrap it into a package, and then install the package with installpkg?

It would probably be very hard to do this especially when cmake is involved, but is this the recommended procedure? I use something called Wt-Toolkit which uses cmake to install, which usually doesn't work completely, then I do all kinds of special hacks to get a successful build, and by that time I have no idea about how to uninstall what I have done and upgrades become very hard.

Is there a better way?
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Make a slackbuild script for that package, so it's easier for you to maintain
Old 01-13-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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That depends. If you have source (say, a configure-make-make install), you could use src2pkg to create an installable/upgradeable Slackware package; you can download src2pkg from

You can (probably) find ready-to-build packages at

You can create your own SlackBuilds; see how at

Hope this helps some.
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In addition to what is already posted here, in difficult cases slacktrack may be the tool of choice to build packages for Slackware.
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Even though it is for Slackware 12, you could probably still use the wt.SlackBuild which is included on this page:

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Thanks for all responses.

I am glad to know about and I may try the wt.slackbuild.



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