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Old 12-19-2005, 12:10 PM   #1
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Slack Package Manager?

What packge manager does Slack use??

Debian uses apt-get, .deb
Fedora uses yum and up2date, rpm

I used Slack a long time ago and can't remember what it used.
Old 12-19-2005, 12:16 PM   #2
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If your looking for something with functionality like apt-get or yum, then pkgtool doesn't have that. There are however a few third party apps such as swaret for that
Old 12-19-2005, 12:22 PM   #3
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Slapt-get :
Swaret :
Slackpkg :


Old 12-19-2005, 12:51 PM   #4
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Installpkg, upgradepkg, removepkg for slack-packages and there are also a nice site called for slack users. But I mainly use swaret for updates...
Old 12-20-2005, 12:26 PM   #5
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And the extension for slack packages is .tgz
even though tar.gz compressed binaries also tend to have that extension.
Old 12-20-2005, 02:12 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by sweetnsourbkr
And the extension for slack packages is .tgz
even though tar.gz compressed binaries also tend to have that extension.
That's because .tgz==.tar.gz. They are the same thing. Used to be, some OSs used an 8.3 naming scheme. The naming is an abbreviation, like isn't==is not.

What makes a certain .tgz file a Slackware package, as opposed to just a compressed file (you may be wondering)? The /install directory. The Slackware package manager (pkgtool) just un-compresses the package (sans the /install directory) in the / directory, shows you the description contained in the /install directory, and (optionally) runs a bash script (if it is present in the /install directory. It also logs this in /var/log/packages.

This good stuff to know.


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