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Old 10-14-2004, 08:10 AM   #1
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slapt-get, apt-get and yum

i got slapt-get for slackware, and i can obviously see it doesnt have all the packages apt-get has. is there a way to run apt-get or yum on slackware? slapt-get seems fine, but there arent as many up-to-date packages on it, or no packages at all.
Old 10-14-2004, 09:26 AM   #2
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You may not like my answer, but I prefer to make radical, start-from-scratch changes, so here goes:

Install Debian and learn about installing packages from the three different branches of Debian (stable, testing, still-in-development), and "pinning" packages. Debian must be the distro with the greatest number of packages available by far, and apt-get is one of the best ways of managing them. The .tar.gz packages used in Slackware, with all their minimalist beauty, may not serve you quite as well.

If you want to stick with Slackware, try some of the other package management systems, e.g. swaret (NB: I am only mentioning it, not recommending it!)

You may also need to edit your configuration files to add further sources to install packages from, which will expand the range of packages available to you. Many developers will make dedicated packages for the main distributions available. A .tar.gz may be available for the software you want, but you probably know that source files are also packaged in this way.

If you have a fast computer, you can use a program called checkinstall to help with the compilation process and generate and install a slackware package at the end of it: usually, "./configure && make && checkinstall" will do the biz.


Old 10-23-2004, 12:31 PM   #3
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i'd prefere something easier. im sure there's a way to use the apt-get program database with slapt-get. my only problem is the slapt-get database has almost no programs.
Old 10-23-2004, 05:52 PM   #4
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The apt sources download .deb files. You'd need some way to automatically convert them to a format that Slackware can work with. Try Swaret, it's never given me any troubles.


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