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Old 05-04-2006, 12:56 AM   #1
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keep track of tar.gz installed in teh system

Is there any software available that will keep track of the tar.gz ,tar.bz2 installed?
Please dont suggest me checkinstall.
Any Gui software that will automatically install/remove when needed.
Old 05-04-2006, 01:13 AM   #2
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i got kinstaller. Its very useful
Old 05-04-2006, 01:21 AM   #3
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Slackware has a brilliant package system that is based on quickly turning your source builds into a package that can be easily installed/removed. This is the only package manager I know of that works like this. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to port it over to your distro. Here is how it works:

When you compile a program and do 'make install', it places all of the binaries in the / directory, /usr/local/<program> for instance. If you instead do a 'make install DESTDIR=<direcotry to save builds>/<program name>' It will then install in that specific subdirectory such as /home/<user name>/builds/<program>. You then cd to that directory and issue the command 'makepkg' It creates an install script in that directory that places the compiled binaries in the correct location and zips it up to tar.gz (given the extension of .tgz to prevent confusion between the source tarball and the build package). YOu can now easily install/remove this package with the slackware package manager.

Slackware works very hard to make there stuff specific to Linux and not the distro, you should not have any problem implementing it on your own system. Just download the source to the package manager from a slackware mirror. I belive you can find it under something like '/source/a/pkgtools' on the mirror.

Here is a link to pkgtools on a slackware mirror (might need to find a diffrent mirrior as a lot of them have max user limits)

Here is a more indepth guide to creating your own packages


I guess you must have found something while I was typing this. I hope K installer works out for you. Do you mind telling me a little bit about it?

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Old 05-04-2006, 07:03 AM   #4
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Encap package manager. Encap creates a subdirectory of /usr (called encap). Using the epkg utility in encap, install tarballs under /usr/encap. Files are symlinked to their normal locations. Epkg can be used to update/upgrade tarballs installed under /usr/encap. New versons replace old versions. Uninstall is as easy as deleting a subdirectory.


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