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Old 01-28-2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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Keeping current with Slack


Hi. I have heard that there are some apps for keeping current with slackware. I was wondering what the best/easiest to use was. Thanks.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 11:24 PM   #2
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personally, i use slackpkg. but which ever program you use (slackpkg, swaret, slapt-get) make sure you read the change-logs, and understand that sometimes what you upgrade might actually break your system. this is why i use slackpkg. i read the change-logs...see what i need/want to upgrade, then i use slackpkg to upgrade only those things, and if something goes wrong, i know exactly what i did, and it's easier to fix.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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I think the best thing to do is to read the change log and then manually download the packages. There are two change logs, one is for the stable version which only upgrades security fixes and the other is for the current version.

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Old 01-29-2007, 10:14 AM   #4
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This has been asked so many times...
Please search. And since they've at most 3-4 commands you'll use, all of them can be considered easy to use.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 11:11 AM   #5
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For keeping up with current, I have a local slackware mirror (via rsync, use your nearest mirror, in my case this is slackware.at), and update new packages with upgradepkg. You don't need any 3rd party tool...
 
Old 01-29-2007, 02:36 PM   #6
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I use slackpkg from /extra. It's just a frontend for the normal package tools, but I find it convenient that it can immediately show me the description for any package, or can search all packages for one particular file. It has saved me a lot of time in the past when a program is looking for a certain file or library, and slackpkg immediately tells me what package it's located in.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 03:35 PM   #7
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Though it's not the best moment to follow -current, as it's temporarily stalled and therefore has no security updates.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 05:30 PM   #8
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What's up with Slackware-current?

I'm climbing the walls here.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 05:48 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rkelsen
What's up with Slackware-current?

I'm climbing the walls here.
From http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackwar.../ChangeLog.txt
Thu Nov 9 18:16:50 CST 2006
Q: Hey, what's the deal with -current?
A: Renovations are underway to the toolchain (gcc, glibc, binutils, etc),
and it makes little sense to update what is essentially Slackware 11.0
only to do the work all over again once the new toolchain is ready.
In addition, these things aren't going as smoothly as anticipated.
I'd like to put the NPTL version of glibc into /lib and the LinuxThreads
version into /lib/obsolete/linuxthreads (since some old binaries are
going to need them), but doing this prevents the use of a 2.4 kernel.
Perhaps it's finally time to drop support for Linux 2.4? Personally,
I'd rather not as 2.4 is more forgiving of flaky hardware and thus
tends to get better uptimes (at least on the servers I run ;-).
Comments about this issue are welcomed.
glibc-2.5 has also been having some problems with locale support here
that need to be investigated and dealt with. I'd rather base the glibc
in Slackware on an official glibc release, but using the development
repo is also something under (slight) consideration if it works better.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 06:57 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies. I think I will just look at the change logs. I didn't know there was one devoted solely to security,that was my main reason for wanting to know how to keep current. I will say that I was surprised at how few patches there were,in windows I need to download many more patches weekly/daily. Thanks for your help.
 
Old 01-30-2007, 06:56 AM   #11
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Well, yes, we all know about that changelog entry you posted. I can read it every day. But it's still old as hell and what everybody would like to hear is some news from Pat. Any problems solved, any decisions made? Anything _new_! I know you can't help but that's what everybody would like to know...
 
Old 01-30-2007, 08:10 AM   #12
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So email Pat then and see if you can annoy him a little bit simply to satisfy your curiosity. Given the choice, would you prefer that he spend his time making sure curious users are aware of the current development status or actually *working* on the development?
 
Old 01-30-2007, 08:28 AM   #13
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You don't seem to understand what I'm trying to tell. Nobody wants to bother Pat while he's working, but everybody would like to know something new. That's why all this talk about the issue on the forum. To relief the frustration of not seeing anything new in changelog, and nobody really expects a serious answer, because there's probably very few people that know something more...
 
Old 01-30-2007, 10:14 AM   #14
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well, you could have a look at the libc development and judge from there, how long it will take for the next stable release
 
Old 01-30-2007, 12:33 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KleB
but everybody would like to know something new.
My system is working fine and I am as happy as a clam. So not everybody wants to know something new.
 
  


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