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A Script for Keeping Slackware Up-to-date...

Posted 02-04-2010 at 09:38 AM by Lufbery (The Slacker's Blog)
Updated 04-14-2010 at 12:40 PM by Lufbery

My last blog post explained how to use lftp to maintain a local mirror to keep Slackware -stable up-to-date. The next logical step is to write a script to do that.

I started a thread on LQ seeking feedback on the method and the script and the result was a wonderful discussion with a useful script at the end.

Be sure to check out H_TeXMeX_H's alternative script in the same thread. He took my original idea and did something pretty cool with it.

Here's the script:...
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Keeping Slackware Up-to-date...

Posted 12-30-2009 at 10:01 AM by Lufbery (The Slacker's Blog)
Updated 01-28-2010 at 08:08 AM by Lufbery

Starting from scratch, here's what I do:

Keeping the Stock Slackware Up-to-date
  1. Install a fresh Slackware from the iso.
  2. Use lftp with the mirror option to mirror the /slackware64-13.0/patches/packages/ directory from my favorite Slackware mirror:
    lftp -c "open ; mirror -e -n packages"
  3. READ THE CHANGELOG! This is inportant even when using Slackpkg. There's important information
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The best way to do a new installation, but retain users, groups, and passwords...

Posted 12-23-2009 at 11:16 AM by Lufbery (The Slacker's Blog)

I finally figured out the best way to install a new version of Slackware -- completely wiping out the old version in the process -- while still retaining my users' IDs and passwords.

Naturally, this is no problem when following the upgrade process detailed in UPGRADE.TXT (go to telinit 1, remove the old packages, install the new packages, reboot, voilà), but upgrading from Slackware 12.2 to Slackware64_13 isn't supported. So, this is what I did.

A quick note: I always...
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Digital versus analog...

Posted 11-25-2009 at 03:59 PM by Lufbery (The Slacker's Blog)

The "holiday shopping season" is nearly upon us, which means that the holiday shopping season advice columns are here too. I just read this one from PC Mag "What Not to Buy in 2009" and it really bugged me. The basic gist of the advice seemed to revolve around getting the most value for one's money, but it failed to really address just how much value can be had for how much money.

Take for instance, the advice to get an e-book reader. The columnist's advice was...
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So when should one upgrade?

Posted 11-12-2009 at 07:54 PM by Lufbery (The Slacker's Blog)

In my last entry, I quoted Alien Bob stating that Slackware assumes you're smart. Part of what that means to me is having a sense a how to tailor the system to one's own uses, and having the freedom to do so without the operating system insisting it be done its way. But what, really, does running an OS entail? Beyond installation, most of it comes down to certain configuration options, installing additional software, and maintaining the whole mess. Everything else involves actually using the software....
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