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Old 12-24-2003, 10:50 AM   #1
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Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Distribution: Slackware 10.1
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Keeping my system updated

Hello all. I am used to RedHats Up2date program which queries a database to see if any of my files need to be updated. I really like this because I can feel confident that my system has the latest patches and or versions.
I realize that SlackWare doesn't have this automatic feature which is ok. I want to learn how to find this information out and do the updates manually anyways.
My question is what is the best way to find out which files on my machine have updates.
I am running Slackware 9.1 and don't know where to begin looking to see if any of my files are outdated.
I went to the and am not sure how far back in history I need to look.
Should I just find out the release date of 9.1 and only concentrate on updates after that.
Old 12-24-2003, 11:05 AM   #2
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You can look on

to see what the current package versions are.. and you can check out

to see into updating/auto-updating, etc
Old 12-24-2003, 11:51 AM   #3
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: The Colony, TX
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swaret is a really quick and easy way to keep your slack system up to date.
Old 12-24-2003, 11:53 AM   #4
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Yes...swaret...there is also now a GUI for swaret called kswaret. Not too bad, although I still prefer the CL.
Old 12-24-2003, 04:00 PM   #5
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Thanks very much. I haven't had a chance to look yet but am sure I will like.
Thanks all
Old 12-25-2003, 01:14 PM   #6
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Thumbs up swaret

I highly suggest using this tool. The biggest problem people have with it is that if the instructions are *NOT*followed exactly as they are written, upgrades won't work. Read the man for swaret a couple of times before attempting the it carefully and you should have no problems.

Last edited by MamaDoll; 12-25-2003 at 03:02 PM.
Old 12-26-2003, 09:32 AM   #7
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Thanks. I registered for the swaret forum. There is much help there.


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