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noobtesting 06-30-2004 12:14 PM

Slackware 10 update
I just moved over to Slackware 10 from Mandrake 10 for a little more hands on experiance and was wondering how you update Slackware. In Mandrake, Fedora, SuSE and some others you have a update option under package manager. I have been in the Kpackage which is what I was given with KDE but when I go to update there is nothing there. Is that how I update or can I use apt-get or something else?

Thanks for all the help

lyceum 06-30-2004 12:16 PM

i like swaret. you can find out about it in the "this is how i do it all" thread stickied at the top of this page. or just do some googling. i think the homepage is

hope this helps.

xushi 06-30-2004 12:27 PM

Some helpful tips,

- Download swaret. If from command prompt, type

- Install swaret. type
installpkg swaret-1.6.2-noarch-1.tgz

- Edit its configuration file. type
pico /etc/swaret.conf
save and exit.

- run swaret. type
swaret --update
swaret --upgrade

install all packages.

Helpful hint, if you go down through swaret.conf, you can enable it to also update lilo, and your kernel. If you do so, whenever it actually does update your lilo and or kernel, make _sure_ you type
before you reboot, otherwise you'll be stuck without a proper kernel installation...

hope this helps

penkwin 06-30-2004 01:05 PM

I've tried swaret, but prefer slapt-get for its speed and ease of use:

From the readme:

1. Features

slapt-get tries to emulate Debian's apt-get as closely as possible.

* uses native Slackware tools (installpkg, upgradepkg, and removepkg)
* supports multiple package sources (including
* cache data concerning packages and updates from package sources
* supports sources from ftp, ftps, http, https, file:/// and more (libcurl)
* resumes broken downloads and will verify package integrity with MD5
* show packages that are available (from cached data) and installed
* search package listing using POSIX and extended regular expressions
by package name, location, and description
* retrieve, install, and remove packages by name or by specific version
* retrieve and apply updates
* upgrade from one slackware release to another in a few simple steps
* show description of packages, including mirror location, version, size,
dependencies (where available), conflicts (where available), description,
and installation status
* exclude (hold) packages from upgrades, by name or by regular expression
* transaction engine for install, remove, and upgrades
* "compare package version" algorithm to prevent downgrades
* recursive dependency resolution using slack-required metadata (see FAQ)
* package conflict resolution using slack-conflicts metadata (see FAQ)
* extremely fast and easy to script with

lyceum 06-30-2004 02:20 PM

interesting. i had not heard of slapt-get, though i used apt in red hat and fedora and liked it quite a bit. have you used apt? and if so, how would you compare them? does slapt do a good job of emulating it, and do you use the same syntax? for example:

slapt-get install mplayer*

lyceum 06-30-2004 02:21 PM

also, is there a gui front end such as synaptic? i always used apt from the cli, but now i'm just curious. i know, i know...go to the site and read the friggin faq, right?

keefaz 06-30-2004 02:29 PM


also, is there a gui front end...
Sure :Slapt-GUI

lyceum 06-30-2004 02:31 PM

cool, thanks keefaz.

penkwin 06-30-2004 02:37 PM

gui coming soon--if that's your thing :^)

I haven't used apt, but the syntax is nearly identical from what I know of apt:

From the man page:

slapt-get(8) slapt-get(8)

slapt-get - frontend to pkgtools

slapt-get [ option(s) ] [ target ]

options: [ --download-only ] [ --simulate|-s ] [ --no-prompt|-y ] [ --reinstall ] [
--ignore-excludes ] [ --no-md5 ] [ --no-dep ] [ --disable-dep-check ] [ --print-
uris ] [ --show-stats|-S ]

targets: [ --update ] [ --upgrade ] [ --dist-upgrade ] [ --install ] [ --remove ] [
--show ] [ --search ] [ --list ] [ --installed ] [ --clean ] [ --version ]

FXRS 06-30-2004 03:11 PM

I've been trying Slapt-get and when I do a update the "official" current mirrors fail.


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