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Old 02-25-2005, 09:27 PM   #1
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Am I doing the wrong thing?

I notice lots of references to swaret and slackpkg and slapt-get. Am I in the minority for not using these install/upgrade programs? Should I use them?

My routine is to either use slackware (*.tgz) packages with installpkg and removepkg; or to compile the software myself, but use the checkinstall utility to install them as packages (so they can be easily removed any time with removepkg). I also make sure I read the INSTALL file to see if there are any special instructions for compiling and installing. Using this method I've never stumbled into "dependency hell" or other installation problems, and I have sampled a good chunk of the software repository.

Have I just been lucky? Am I not using a good method to install software?
Old 02-25-2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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neither slapt-get nor swaret are officially supported. The official method is to download the package and update it using installpkg/removepkg.

And no, you aren't in the minority for doing it the "official" way. I experimented with slapt-get and swaret when I first started using Slack, largely because apt-get was about the only part of Debian that I liked. I quickly decided that both apps were not to my liking, and kept what I had.
Old 02-26-2005, 12:51 AM   #3
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You can use any method to install or upgrade your packages. I prefer swaret coz I dislike manually installing or upgrading large packages. I also went through a phase of making my own packages with checkinstall. It all comes down to personal choice and what works fine for you.
Old 02-26-2005, 12:57 AM   #4
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personally, i prefer using installpkg to install .tgz's...i tried swaret and slapt-get...they were ok, but i just prefer to either use installpkg or complile and use checkinstall to create my own tgz package to save if i ever need it...
Old 02-26-2005, 08:43 AM   #5
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maybe try this :

an info/download tool for Slack-updates

works ok, no auto-install.



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