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hitest 08-01-2007 11:57 AM

src2pkg 1.5 question
Please forgive a stupid question gnashley:-)
I've installed src2pkg1.5 on my slackware 12 system. I've read the man page for src2pkg, but I'm a bit confused about how to create packages using src2pkg.
What would be the basic command for creating a slackware package in my installation directory? Let's say I want to build a package in /home/hitest/downloads
I'd like to try your program.
Thanks for any and all replies.

tuxdev 08-01-2007 01:26 PM

In the common case, just doing "src2pkg foo-1.0.tar.gz" or whatever should work. The resulting package will be in /tmp, and there will be a couple of working directories you may or may not want to get rid of (personally, I don't bother cause I set up /tmp to be mounted tmpfs, so everything dies on shutdown). Without a slack-desc it really isn't a valid package, but that doesn't matter much when it is strictly for personal use.

gnashley 08-01-2007 01:49 PM

I usually always place each tarball in its' own directory -in your case:
Then just cd in there and run 'src2pkg super-new-prog-0.1.tar.bz2'
Note that src2pkg will insert a valid slack-desc file for you. If you want to generate it first along with a src2pkg build script for the package run:
src2pkg -N super-new-prog-0.1.tar.bz2
to create them. The script will be name as needed/wanted and then run it using:
src2pkg -X
to execute the script.

The slack-desc file generated by src2pkg is named new.slack-desc. If you want to fill in the package description lines, just edit it like you want and then save it as simply slack-desc. Then it will be included in your package.

If you want to change the default location where temporary files are created and final packages are placed, read and edit the /etc/src2pkg/src2pkg.conf file.

hitest 08-01-2007 03:09 PM

Thank you tuxdev, gnashley,

I very much appreciate your helpful replies:-) I like to install Patrick's official Slackware packages, use SlackBuild scripts, and compile from source.
Your program gives me one more option to use, gnashley. Slackware is all about choice:-)
I'm going to go use your program now:-)

hitest 08-01-2007 03:58 PM

Very nice program:-)
Thank you for taking the time to build this for us, gnashley. This is a nice alternative to ./configure, make, and make install. Plus you get a solid slack package that can be easily upgraded.
Just finished making a slackware package for Sylpheed-2.4.1, it is one of my favourite light e-mail programs. Thanks again for your help:-)

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