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Old 10-17-2003, 02:25 AM   #1
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Package management question.

Hi all,

I am a Debian GNU/Linux user and I just wanted to give a try to Slackware because I heard a lot about it. I got Slackware 8.1 CDs from a friend of mine and installed it. I didn't find any difficulty with the installer. But once I got my system up and running, I just wanted to install more packages from the CD 1 and CD 2. I used pkgtool. But I am not sure how to install only additional packages. (N.B: Some packages are already installed). pkgtool prompts Yes/No question for each package in the CD installation directory. Should I manually select all non installed packages? Won't the package manager find the new packages for me? Please help me out.

And also, I don't find dependency checks at any point. Is that so?

Thanks for any suggestions to come up.

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Old 10-17-2003, 02:28 AM   #2
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installpkg packagename.tgz

No dependency checks are done in Slackware. However, the Swaret project are implementing this in their latest version of this useful too.
Old 10-17-2003, 02:30 AM   #3
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What I wanted to know exactly is that will the package manager automatically chooses the non installed packages from the CD? It's a real pain for me to keep track of what all are installed and what should I install newly.
Old 10-17-2003, 03:46 AM   #4
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try to look in /var/log/packages
it lists all the packages currently installed

you can use pkgtool to view currently installed packages

try playing around with

#installpkg -warn

more info from


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