[nSLUG] Debian X server help.

Donald Teed dteed at artistic.ca
Thu Mar 4 20:24:36 AST 2004

1. Swaret was not available in 9.0.  So perhaps this has recently improved.
   It was previously just installpkg, which did nothing about upgrades,
   dependancies, etc.

2. Swaret is still only going to know about the minimalist set of
   packages that are the core of Slackware OS.  Packages outside
   of Slackware, of which there were many for the case of 9.0
   and the project I was working on, would need to be maintained
   by updating from individual source sites - in some cases
   building from source and potentially running into dependancy issues.
   This isn't the sort of thing you want to drop on end users
   who may have little Linux experience.  I expect that few of
   the users working with what I set up for last year
   have updated their Slackware 9.0 system since they got it.
   I've heard they are happy with what I've provided,
   but I know it can be much better.

--Donald Teed

On Thu, 4 Mar 2004 bdavidso at supercity.ns.ca wrote:

> Hi again:
> On Thu, 4 Mar 2004, Donald Teed wrote:
> [snip]
> > > I'm really not trying to be bloody-minded here.  I have tried to make two
> > > points in this thread: the first was meant to be informative and humorous,
> > > pointing out that slackware has facilities for automatic, network-based
> > > package management (installs, updates etc) which are at least as difficult as
> > > apt-get and friends.
> >
> > I don't know what you are saying here.  At least as difficult
> > doesn't provide any feature.
> That was the "humorous" part...  Don't worry, most people don't get my
> sense of humour.  But it was in response to the original parent post.
> > However the package management
> > is non-existant when the packages are not from Slack, and
> > that happens very often.  As well, the package management
> > tells one nothing about dependancies.  You find them
> > out by trying it out.  That isn't package management.
> root at plato:~# swaret --morehelp
> swaret 1.6.1
> [snip]
>  --update                  Retrieve the latest List Files
>  --upgrade                 Upgrade all installed Packages (man)
>  --upgrade  -a             Upgrade all installed Packages (auto)
>  --upgrade KEYWORD         Upgrade installed Packages matching a Keyword
> (man)
>  --upgrade KEYWORD -a      Upgrade installed Packages matching a Keyword
> (auto)
> [snip]
>  --dep                     Track and Fix all missing Libraries (man)
>  --dep -a                  Track and Fix all missing Libraries (auto)
>  --dep KEYWORD             Track and Fix missing Libraries
>                            matching a Keyword (man)
>  --dep KEYWORD -a          Track and Fix missing Libraries
>                            matching a Keyword (auto)
> ...
> And yes, swaret is a slackware package.
> -- 
> Bill Davidson
> bdavidso at supercity.ns.ca
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