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Old 07-30-2003, 04:05 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Making Slackware Packages

Hi all,

I am looking for an in depth tutorial on the art of making high-quality slackware9 packages.

Can anyone forward me a link?


Old 07-30-2003, 04:56 PM   #2
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Define in-depth :)

Old 07-30-2003, 10:19 PM   #3
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Thanks... I have read that tutorial though

It is not really what I was looking for though...

I am trying to write a tool to generate packages for libraries and software that I am writing. I was hoping to avoid using the built-in package management tools since, for educational purposes, I would like to learn how Slackware packages really work... also I would like to implement a simple dependency check

One thing that confuses me is the absence of .la and .pc (?) files in some of the packages that I have downloaded.

I was hoping that by learning how to make these packages 'from scratch' that I would then use that knowledge to determine in what cases, if any, I can omit the standard Slackware package tools, as well as clear up any confusion as to the 'magic' behind Slackware package management.


Old 07-31-2003, 06:40 AM   #4
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As is often the case with Slackware, the answer is in the book "Slackware Essentials"...

Or have you tried reading this before?
Old 07-31-2003, 08:49 AM   #5
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Thanks Noryungi...

I have not read that book yet... will look into it
Old 07-31-2003, 12:46 PM   #6
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Do you mean you don't want to use "makepkg"?

Slackware packages are simply binary tar.gz files, I don't see any mistery to it. Installpkg just 'untars' it to the root directory, execute the install script, if any, and deletes the install directory.

The tools installpkg, makepkg and removepkg are all shell scripts. If you want to know how they work, you should take a look at them with vi.


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