Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.


  Search this Thread
Old 08-05-2004, 07:36 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: austin, TX
Distribution: slackware 10
Posts: 169

Rep: Reputation: 30
nothing going right today with slack10

Problems and more problems. First, I'm trying to get Slapt-get to work. I can never get it to --update using SOURCE= . It always fails to connect.

I tried to install swaret to try that, but never could even get it installed. I extracted it and it only has , which I tried, but it gave the following message:

./ line 1: cd: var: No such file or directory

YOU MUST EDIT /etc/! (man swaret.conf)
Rename it to /etc/swaret.conf and start using swaret.

I renamed as it said and tried again with the same response. I typed in 'swaret' to see what would happen but nothing happened.

I had both of these programs working seamlessly in slack9.1. Is anyone else having these problems???


I'm also having issues with getting a graphical front end cdburner to work, but upon ./configure, I keep getting error messages stating that I'm missing KDE plugins and that I need to install kdelibs. I did a full install of slack10 hoping to avoid such occurrences. Anyway, I've been told I need to install a kdelibs-dev3.*.* but have not been able to find such packages. I was hoping that slapt-get or swaret would help me here....

I'm having other problems, but no need to overload this thread.


Last edited by timsch75; 08-05-2004 at 07:37 PM.
Old 08-05-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Stockton, CA
Distribution: Slackware 11 - kernel - Dropline Gnome 2.16.2
Posts: 1,132

Rep: Reputation: 50
To get swaret installed, there is no need to extract anything. I believe that the swaret site is down, but you can get the Slackware .tgz package from freshmeat (just google swaret, I believe it is the second result. Then, use installpkg to install swaret. Rename the /etc/ file, make any edits that you need, and:

swaret --update
Then, to get the graphical burner:

swaret --install k3b
It may give you the choice of several versions, just pick the one from the salckware mirror and not a repository. The ones fro always gave me problems.
Old 08-05-2004, 08:11 PM   #3
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Washington D.C, USA
Distribution: Slack 12, Etch, Gutsy
Posts: 453

Rep: Reputation: 31
Might I suggest that you use a mirror instead of going straight to
Old 08-05-2004, 08:15 PM   #4
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Washington D.C, USA
Distribution: Slack 12, Etch, Gutsy
Posts: 453

Rep: Reputation: 31
For k3b I would grab the package from I am not sure what is missing but the pre-compiled package there worked.
Old 08-05-2004, 09:45 PM   #5
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: austin, TX
Distribution: slackware 10
Posts: 169

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Mephisto: I didn't see any mirrors with "current" as an option. Thanks for the k3b info. the package worked great.

shilo: the latest swaret is swaret-1.6.2, which comes as swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz.tar. I'm used to seeing the .tar.gz ending which i 'tar -zxvf' and all is well. I did that with the tgz.tar file and it extracted, but after that I didn't know what to do. There was no ./configure, no ./install, etc... I tried installpkg swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz.tar and that didn't work. I looked for swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz after extracting the tarball and it was not to be found. I'm at a loss. I'd like to use the new version, but at least I should be able to handle swaret 0.95 if it comes down to that.

Last edited by timsch75; 08-05-2004 at 09:58 PM.
Old 08-06-2004, 01:34 AM   #6
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Finland
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 235

Rep: Reputation: 30
At least current has a package for k3b in /extra, so you might want to try that too.
Old 08-06-2004, 01:50 AM   #7
Raphael M
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Germany
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 67

Rep: Reputation: 15

Step by step:
- go to
- There is a download-link. Click it.
- Download swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz.tar
- Do NOT extract this tar archive !
- Instead of extracting this tarball, RENAME the file: mv swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz.tar swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz
- Now you can install the package: installpkg swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz
- Rename the Swaret Cnfigfile: mv /etc/ /etc/swaret.conf
- Edit the file to fit your needs: mcedit /etc/swaret.conf ( or use your favourite editor instead of mc )

Editing the swaret.conf:
The swaret.conf is well commented, so you just have to read what it says to give it the right settings. Here is how I do it.
Set the $VERSION to whatever you need ( I´d recommend $VERSION=current )
The swaret.conf already includes some good mirrors. You do not need to change anything there, but you can add some additional mirrors of your choice ( do not go straight to the Slackware mirrors ! )
IMPORTANT: Since the old swaret website is down, you have to edit the DEP_ROOT ( Dependency Root )
If you use slocate to find files on your machine ( highly recommended ) you should tell Swaret to also use slocate instead of find ( slocate is much faster )
For doing so, edit the line DESEARCHM=1
Save the changes and quit the editor.

Swaret is now ready to start, but before we do so, we have to update the slocate database: updatedb
If this gives you a warning about a missing file /var/lib/slocate/slocate.db it means you have startet slocate for the first time. Don´t worry about this warning, you wont see it again because the file does exist now.
( /var/lib/slocate/slocate.db is the slocate Database file )

Now you can start using swaret:
swaret --update
swaret --upgrade

swaret --help will give you a short overview about the options.
Old 08-06-2004, 03:24 PM   #8
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: austin, TX
Distribution: slackware 10
Posts: 169

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Thanks for the detailed info on swaret. Now it is working as well. Live and learn....


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
#1 Today, 03:26 PM Linuxrobert Linux - General 1 11-25-2005 09:38 AM
How many converts do you have today??? JaseP General 14 12-24-2004 05:27 AM
Hi, from one of 98 today :) slackist Member Intro 1 02-27-2004 01:33 PM
What's Your FORTUNE Today? bolinux Linux - Software 1 10-22-2003 08:48 PM
Today-Yesterday Axo LQ Suggestions & Feedback 6 07-15-2003 09:39 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration