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Distribution: slackware 12.2, scientific linux 6.4, knoppix 7.2, salix 14.1
Limitations for slackbuilds
When I realized that the source for TexLive is 1.3 GB then I said to myself "no way - I won't compile this on 1.3GHz Celeron".
The problem is that slackbuilds script there are really good but
they allow only one-pass compilation. I mean by that I can not
divide the job into smaller parts: say to run a slackbuild script 3 or 4 times and in each run to compile only a part of a package.
My box is a little faster than yours, it is a dual core 2.8 GHz unit with 2 GB RAM, but, I tend to like to use binary packages rather than compiling large source files(I guess I am not very patient). I will compile smaller things like claws-mail. Robby and Eric provide excellent Slackware packages.