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Old 11-17-2003, 03:44 PM   #1
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Thinking about trying Slack!

I am fairly new to linux community (< a year). I have a pretty basic question to ask.
I am having a major problem trying to figure this out:
I want to install everything using a package management system like .deb or .rpm. i am kinda clueless about how .tgz files are different then other package managers. Also are .tgz files well supported? Is there a way to resolve dependencies with .tgz files (like Debian).
I mainly want to install software through .tgz (if i go slack) but I want to install hard to find or software not in tgz format from source, is there a way to make this easier (i heard its bad to mix RPM's and source, is .tgz like this).

A dedicated Linux user!
Old 11-17-2003, 03:54 PM   #2
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.tgz is tar gzip, its just a compressed archive file
not really a package management format
Old 11-17-2003, 04:13 PM   #3
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Actually a *.tgz is a Slackware package.
A *.tar.gz is a gzipped tar archive. (source)

If you want to learn about the Slackware package utilities, look here
Old 11-17-2003, 04:13 PM   #4
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ummmm, you're in a Slackware forum here

And tgz IS a package format - namely the one for the slackware distribution.

Of course in essence tgz-files are just gzipped tarballs however the file arrangement has to be in a certain way in order to work as a package. You can use the pkgtools to install, remove or upgrade slackware packages.


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