[Slackdocs] Package management section

Doogster thedoogster at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 01:22:51 CEST 2012

Was waiting for the release of Slackware 14 before starting this. Will
start soon.

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM, Nocturnal Slacker
<nocturnal.slacker at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I would suggest that you also include something pertinent about Slackware's
> actual native package management tools - pkgtools and slackpkg. It just
> seems to me that this should be included in any informational article about
> Slackware package management.
> Just thinking out loud...
> ~V. T. Eric Layton, Nocturnal Slacker
> On 08/23/2012 04:16 PM, Eric Hameleers wrote:
>> Op 23-8-2012 21:55, Doogster schreef:
>>> I propose that the TOC includes a "package management" subsection. And
>>> yes, I'm volunteering to write it.
>>> Slackware badly needs a package management HOWTO. The main reason
>>> people give for not trying Slackware is that they think you install
>>> everything with ./configure; make; make install or that building
>>> Slackware packages is as involved as building .deb and .rpm packages.
>>> Of course, everyone on this list knows that with the resources
>>> available today, the Slackware package management workflow is one
>>> actually one of the more efficient ones.
>>> I would begin by describing how to install kdenlive from an sbopkg queue.
>>> That would be followed up by a screen recording of sbopkg's menus in
>>> action. I would simply upload the video to vimeo and embed it in the
>>> wiki page (the wiki supports that, right?) because vimeo has good
>>> HTML5 video support.
>>> That would be followed by a link to SlackBuilds.org (particularly its
>>> already excellent howto). And a screen recording of how to install a
>>> package from SBo.
>>> That would be followed by link to src2pkg and a brief description of
>>> how to use it.
>>> Finally, there would be a simplified description of how to build a
>>> simple Slackware package with makepkg. For example, a package for a
>>> font.
>> I would really love to read articles about Slackware's package
>> management. This is one of the examples where Slackware differs from
>> other distros and it is hard to explain to non-Slackware users what
>> the benefits are compared to RPM , DEB or YAST.
>> Please start a page under the howtos: namespace and depending on what
>> direction you take it, we could decide later on to move it to the
>> slackware: namespace, or chop it up into multiple HOWTOs or create a
>> new namespace for this topic.
>> Eric
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