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Astro 06-05-2003 08:41 PM

I havn't used swaret before, and have heard little about it, anyone have any other information on it? I saw that azmeen has the link down as http://swaret.xbone.be/ and I intend to read it but anyone have any other user experience with swaret they'd like to share?

causticmtl 06-05-2003 08:42 PM

As a noob to Slackware (and Linux), I'd have to say update the the Slackware "Book" (http://www.slackware.com/book/).
A lot of the references they make to various files simply aren't there or have moved.

For instance, typing /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86Setup as root gives me a command not found. Same thing if I type SuperProbe. I haven't located either file as root with a whereis.

Oh, and how about rp-pppoe? On a new install, I have to log into the Windows partition, download rp-pppoe for my dsl connection, copy it to the Slackware partition and then finally install it.

Astro 06-05-2003 08:45 PM

Updating the book is a good idea, I'll see what I can come up with by sending out some e-mails and maybe get it updated.

contrasutra 06-05-2003 08:59 PM

There is an unofficial update to the slackware book. Here: http://slackbook.yoshiwara.org.uk/

You would probobly find that more helpful, because the only still up-to-date thing in the official book seems to be the install process (does that tell you something?;) )

Manx_UK 06-05-2003 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Astro
I havn't used swaret before, and have heard little about it, anyone have any other information on it? I saw that azmeen has the link down as http://swaret.xbone.be/ and I intend to read it but anyone have any other user experience with swaret they'd like to share?
Latest version is 1.2.2a. I believe it now includes dependency checking.

Here's the set of commands used to upgrade a current Slackware package:

swaret --update (Prepares a list available packages in "current" from a set of Slack Linux source ftps)

swaret --list -u (Displays a list of available packages compared to what you have installed)

swaret --upgrade <packagename> -a (auto) (blank man) install and then remove old version.

I've had no problem upgrading anything using just these few commands. It installs the new stuff, removes the old, and puts everything where it should do.

There is a complete listing of commands and what they do by typing swaret --morehelp.

causticmtl 06-05-2003 10:10 PM

Thanks for the link, contrasutra.

... exactly what I needed.

Astro 06-05-2003 10:14 PM

I'm afraid if I update my laptop from Slack 9 RC 2 I will lose some things like Enlightenment and I don't want to mess around with it really. I havn't had any problems yet with it and if it's not broke don't fix it hehe

causticmtl 06-05-2003 10:39 PM

Hey, you know, it just occured to me that the link contrasutra provided should be a sticky on this site somewhere.

This would answer a lot of questions that most newbs (like me) have when installing Slackware 9.0.

... not to mention that at least some of this material should have been posted on the Slackware home page ages ago.

Manx_UK 06-05-2003 11:07 PM

That Slackware Book link is great. Cheers!

p.s- Here's a link to the latest SWARET download + homepage details if anyone's interested in trying it out.

http://freshmeat.net/projects/swaret

EDIT: If you go to the homepage and go to the Annoucements forum there is a newer version (1.2.2a) available for d/l. This is the most current release.

Azmeen 06-06-2003 01:21 AM

Yeah, and another important thing:

We need more fonts!

I know we can grab as many as we want from the net and/or Windows partitions, but what about people who are using Slack primarily for offline work like word-processing, etc... And for those who don't have Windows installed?

dryhte 06-06-2003 02:35 AM

I'd like an optional kernel with support for framebuffer graphics :) (www.bootsplash.org) I was sooooo impressed when I tried Gentoo rc4 last week! (still, keep using Slack because I got it configured quite easily, and I'm still not too comfortable with gentoo's deciding so much for you)

Azmeen 06-06-2003 02:58 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by dryhte
I'd like an optional kernel with support for framebuffer graphics :) (www.bootsplash.org) I was sooooo impressed when I tried Gentoo rc4 last week! (still, keep using Slack because I got it configured quite easily, and I'm still not too comfortable with gentoo's deciding so much for you)
The kernel supplied with Slack 9 already supports framebuffer (2.4.20). In fact there's a tiny penguin on the top left corner of your screen when you bootup using one of the framebuffer enabled settings (not sure what it's called though).

dryhte 06-06-2003 04:05 AM

Yup... supports framebuffer but doesn't support using whatever nifty background theme you wish (I know I didn't say it right ;) ). Read around on the page I linked to :) you might like it (and it's one more reason to keep using the cli instead of a nice looking window manager :)

Astro 06-06-2003 02:25 PM

I personally like the little penguin, makes me feel special when i boot up and people see it. :D

contrasutra 06-06-2003 02:57 PM

Azmeen: Your call has been answered (two weeks ago). Patrick added the Bitstream Vera fonts to the 9.1 branch, so I assume they will be in the next release.

You should really get the Bitstream Vera fonts, they are free, high quality, antialiased fonts. Get them from either the slackware ftp , or here: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sourc...eam-vera/1.10/

They are way nicer than the Windows fonts. The fonts work in Windows too. :D


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