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Old 07-22-2018, 04:03 PM   #1
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Install-new interest considering non-'current' Slackware version


Hello,

I'm using Slackware 14.2. Is there any interest for me to launch the following command as I am not using current version?
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slackpkg install-new
I am asking because I've read multiple documentation about it on docs.slackware.com or on this forum but I'm still confused with its purpose.

Thank you in advance.
 
Old 07-22-2018, 04:26 PM   #2
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Hello,

I'm using Slackware 14.2. Is there any interest for me to launch the following command as I am not using current version?
Code:
slackpkg install-new
I am asking because I've read multiple documentation about it on docs.slackware.com or on this forum but I'm still confused with its purpose.

Thank you in advance.
On rare occasions new software is introduced to the stable branch of Slackware. That command will install additions to the stable branch. You can run the command and see what shows up.
 
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:14 PM   #3
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On rare occasions new software is introduced to the stable branch of Slackware. That command will install additions to the stable branch.
If I have quite understood, stables versions are only officially maintained by Slackware itself to incorporate security patches (see http://www.slackware.com/security/) and not ones with functionnality enhancements. That's why most packages need to be updated (with 'slackpkg upgrade package_name/upgrade all'). But sometimes new packages are created (surely for security reason) so they need to be installed with 'slackpkg install-new') or deleted so they need to be removed with 'slackpkg clean-system'.
Is my understanding correct please?
 
Old 07-22-2018, 07:24 PM   #4
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If I have quite understood, stables versions are only officially maintained by Slackware itself to incorporate security patches (see http://www.slackware.com/security/) and not ones with functionnality enhancements. That's why most packages need to be updated (with 'slackpkg upgrade package_name/upgrade all'). But sometimes new packages are created (surely for security reason) so they need to be installed with 'slackpkg install-new') or deleted so they need to be removed with 'slackpkg clean-system'.
Is my understanding correct please?
It is a very rare event, but for a new package release (updated for security reasons), the upstream may introduce a new dependency, which should be full-filled, of course.

For example, IF our BDFL wants to switch Firefox to its new LTS (60.x) after the current Firefox 52.x LTS will be EOL, the new Firefox LTS series will need RUST at build time, and that package does not exists (yet) in Slackware 14.2.

Again, that's a really rare event.

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Old 07-23-2018, 01:47 AM   #5
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You can (should) read ChangeLog.txt and when it says that
some-package: Added.
then 'slackpkg install some-package' or 'slackpkg install-new' does the trick.

As sayd before it is too rare case for stable versions.
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:15 AM   #6
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Woops, got to pay more attention.

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Old 07-23-2018, 03:21 AM   #7
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BTW, NO package was added yet after the release of Slackware 14.2

Of course, I talk about security updates of Slackware 14.2, aka "patches"
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:15 PM   #8
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The last time a package was added to a stable release was in 2013 (13.1 and 13.37), when ruby required a security update and the newer version required libyaml to be added.

It is possible, but it is not likely to happen.
 
Old 07-23-2018, 02:48 PM   #9
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Hello,

Thank you all for your crystal clear explanations.
I'm marking my thread as resolved

Bye
 
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