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Old 04-29-2011, 08:07 AM   #1
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Updating/Upgrading packages


Hello.

I've some doubts about how to update/upgrade packages which I install, the kernel and de distro.

I only know that the packages which are installed with the distro (KDE, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) are updated according to the mailing list in http://www.slackware.com/security. But what does happen with other packages as Chromium or VLC? I installed some of these packages with ./configure > make > sudo make install, not with sbopkg.

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Old 04-29-2011, 08:11 AM   #2
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In that case you have to do watch for upgrades youself. In any case it makes things simpler to generate packages instead of doing make install. You can use src2pkg or makepkg for that.
 
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In that case you have to do watch for upgrades youself. In any case it makes things simpler to generate packages instead of doing make install. You can use src2pkg or makepkg for that.
makepkg seems to be easy. So, I need a package.tgz or .txz to use makepkg. And what to do after?
 
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If you made the package you just install it. The package manager keeps track of the installed files. This way, if you want to upgrade your system you just make a new package with the newer version and use upgradepkg to install it. That will first remove the old files and then install the new one. Files that are not longer contained in the new package are removed this way, which wouldn't be the case if you upgrade via make install.
 
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If you made the package you just install it. The package manager keeps track of the installed files. This way, if you want to upgrade your system you just make a new package with the newer version and use upgradepkg to install it. That will first remove the old files and then install the new one. Files that are not longer contained in the new package are removed this way, which wouldn't be the case if you upgrade via make install.
So, if I've understood well, to upgrade Chromium, I have to download chromium.tar.bz2, convert it to .tgz and execute makepkg chromium.tgz.

EDIT: I've found this: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-*-tgz-501301/

So, I've installed src2pkg using the installpkg src2pkg.tgz

Now, two questions. How do I update/upgrade my kernel? It's 2.6.33.4-smp. And how can I use the 13.37 version packages and so on?

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To upgrade your system to 13.37 you should have a look athe the CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT file.
It is all explained in there. You will get automatically the 2.6.37.6-kernel when upgrading.
For manually upgrading the kernel you should have a look at the kernel chapter of the SlackBook, which is in general a good source of knowledge about Slackware and Linux in general.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 02:12 PM   #7
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To upgrade your system to 13.37 you should have a look athe the CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT file.
It is all explained in there. You will get automatically the 2.6.37.6-kernel when upgrading.
For manually upgrading the kernel you should have a look at the kernel chapter of the SlackBook, which is in general a good source of knowledge about Slackware and Linux in general.
This link (ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/slackwar...37/UPGRADE.TXT) says:

Code:
1.  Upgrade your package utilities and related tools:

    upgradepkg /root/slackware/a/pkgtools-*.tgz
    upgradepkg /root/slackware/a/tar-*.tgz
    upgradepkg /root/slackware/a/xz-*.tgz
    upgradepkg /root/slackware/a/findutils-*.txz
But the directory /root/slackware doesn't exist
 
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From the same file, one paragraph before your quoted text:
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The packages don't have to be on a CD-ROM, as an alternative you could
copy the slackware directory (the one with the various package
subdirectories in it, basically the "slackware" or "slackware64" directory
from the install disc) to someplace like /root/slackware/. The important thing
is that you know where the slackware packages directory is. We'll use
/root/slackware in the following examples.
 
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Ah, ok, so I have to download de CD of Slackware 13.37 and copy the "slackware" directory to /root/slackware or another directory.
 
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You can also use wget to download only the repositories. This way you can save a good amount of bandwidth. You can do it like this:
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cd /root
wget -r http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/slackware/slackware/slackware
I have chosen a german mirror, you may get a faster download if you choose a mirror near you.
 
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Ok, I'm downloading the repositories, and I copied the /etc/ directory into my home folder. I'll upgrade when the download finishes.
 
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I've upgraded everything. But there're some files in /boot which are "vmlinuz" (which is in lilo.conf from the installation), "vmlinuz-generic-2.6.37.6", "vmlinuz-generic-smp-2.6.37.6-smp", "vmlinuz-huge-2.6.37.6" and "vmlinuz-huge-smp-2.6.37.6-smp". Have I to modify lilo.conf?

EDIT: Well, I've modified lilo.conf adding /boot/vmlinuz-generic-smp-2.6.37.6-smp, but now Slackware doesn't boot. Can I edit lilo.conf from my DVD of Slackware 13.1?

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Old 04-30-2011, 03:10 PM   #13
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Did you remember to run /sbin/lilo after updating /etc/lilo.conf?

Yes, you can use a previously working lilo.conf. But like with all config files when moving from an older release to a newer one, you might want to run diff on the two files to see if there are any changes to the files other than the custom changes you have made. With such a venerable program like lilo, I doubt that would be the case, but it's always prudent to check.
 
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You're using a generic kernel read this ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/slackwar.../README.initrd

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But what does happen with other packages as Chromium or VLC? I installed some of these packages with ./configure > make > sudo make install, not with sbopkg.
For future reference, Alien-Bob builds Slackware packages for vlc. You can get them here: http://slackware.org.uk/people/alien...ackbuilds/vlc/
He updates them when newer versions of vlc are released as well. They work perfectly as you would expect.
This will save you the need to compile vlc yourself.
 
  


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