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Old 03-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #1
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dependencies between software series?

Are there any dependency graphs or rules-of-thumb for determining dependencies between packages and package series on the install discs?
For example, the A series is standalone, AP depends only on A, N depends on AP and A (i think).

Several times in the past, I've ran into situations where a package from one series needed some seemingly random package which I thought I wouldn't need-- for example, libsdl in L needing libartsc, console emacs needing x libraries, etc.

I know better now, but usually for desktops I end up just installing everything to avoid problems-- but on servers and more limited systems, I'd like to install only the necessary packages for what I'm doing.
Old 03-18-2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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Rather to focus on the dependencies between the A, AP and L series and so forth, it used to be better to look at the tags in the installer for optional, recommended, mandatory etc.

These days the only really safe bet I know of is to install everything except kde, kdei, x and xap for servers. The only exception I know of is if you run a web server with photo album applications in PHP that needs tools such as gd, which depends on libX11 from X series.. These are relatively easy to find though, and you can install the packages as needed when/if you run into such problems.

However, disk is cheap - why not save the hassle and go full-blown - KDE/KDEI ?
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Here are some guides to building a bare bones minimal Slackware that may help:
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This is one of the reasons why I'd like to see the package sets revamped and cleaned up a little. As well as the things you've mentioned there are a number of little oddities here and there. Like Yalla, I just do a full install to keep things simple.
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There is a program called slackdeptrack which will analyze all installed packages and create a database which shows which packages depend on which others. Very informative for intelligently choosing packages.


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