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Old 04-12-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Understanding Repositories


I have recently installed Zenwalk 4.4.1 on my box, after using Ubutu followed by Arch Linux for sometime. In both my previous distros, there were very good repositories from where I could install all the extra apps I needed.
In Zenwalk though, I dont seem to understand the repos!!
When I start netpkg, it gives me a list of 'mirrors' to select. When I select one of them, it syncs with the mirror, and then the netpkg GUI starts. But in the list of available packages I see only very few! I tried toi choose another mirror, and this time I see more packages, but dont find the ones I am looking for (e.g. the bengali ttf fonts, vlc, etc).

What I have understood so far is, to install package X, I have to locate a mirror which has that package, select/add it from/to the list, sync with it and install. But this is quite inconvenient to search for a new suitable mirror and sync it every time...more so since it seems that I can enable at most one mirror at a time. Or am I missing something obvious here??
Is there any 'official' repository/mirror which contains most(if not all) the packages one might need?
Old 04-12-2007, 02:16 PM   #2
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about mirrors:
You can't enable more than 1 mirror at a time

about packages:
ZW repo's contain (nearly) 1 package for 1 task (as explain on

Some packagers have create packages for "alternative" soft they like.
Some (most of them) on any official repo, a few other send links of their own repo/packages on the forum (
Old 04-12-2007, 03:18 PM   #3
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With Debian/Ubuntu, you can enable multiple repositories. If I am not mistaken, a search will go thru all of them looking for the desired package.

If "mirror" above is meant to mean "repository", then I do not understand why you can only have one.
Old 04-13-2007, 06:03 AM   #4
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You can install most (but perhaps not all) slackware packages on zenwalk without a problem. The vlc package from videolan works fine on zenwalk:
You can also get other stuff from:
Old 05-05-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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Hmm, that one package for one task philosophy certainly explains why I couldn't find my beloved Window Maker. I'll go with source install..
Old 06-01-2007, 03:33 PM   #6
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Sometimes a search through the Zenwalk forums can yield some nice results. For example, Amarok is not official, but contributing packagers have created a very nice set of packages for the media player, including most dependencies that aren't in the repos.


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