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and something went wrong. I was getting errors stating that libffi.**.so was missing, so I tried to install it manually and got an error that gnutls.**.so was missing. This was when slackpkg attempted to use wget.
Then I did something monumentally stupid, I uninstalled gnutls thinking that I would just reinstall it, of course, wget does not work. I have tried to find the appropriate package online (gnutls 3.*) but have had no luck.
That's what I should have done first, but I can't now as wget is not working. Also, when I have done that in the past, there was a huge list, I'm sure I do not need all of the packages listed, do I? Is it normal to just install hundreds of packages?
Ok, just an update, I have reinstalled my system, kept my /home so its just a case of reinstalling my software now. Thanks for the responses, and I shall be sure not to enable an incorrect mirror this time.