Github download links

As a maintainer at SBo, a thing that frequently makes me want to pull my hair off is providing a proper download link for sources hosted at Github. I really should not list all the issues that I have had, because I will get angry. So, straight to the point. Read the rest of this entry »


Making a patch

I usually fix the SlackBuilds I maintain by sed, as it makes things much more transparent. However, sed is not always an option, especially for some big fixes or fixes that contain “weird” characters, for example something like this:

unless (defined(@$slist) && defined($hlist_sel)) {

The above is an excerpt from perlprimer.pl, that had to be fixed. The problem in question has been discussed here. I wanted to provide a fix for my perlprimer.SlackBuild, therefore I decided to make a patch.
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Thunar: do not execute shell script files

Every time I need to open a shell script file that is executable (typically a SlackBuild), I right click on it in Thunar and select my editor from the Open with sub-menu. I miss the functionality of Nautilus, where I could tell the file browser to directly open such shell script files in a text editor when double clicked.

I searched a little and found several discussions about it. Read the rest of this entry »


SlackOnly as a main third-party repository

I decided to try using SlackOnly as my primary source of third-party software. My system is Slackware64 -multilib and all settings below take this into account. I manage the official Slackware updates and AlienBob’s multilib layer with slackpkg, complemented by it’s extension slackpkg+. Read the rest of this entry »


SBo sources

The SBo project does not host the sources of the packages that are built. It is an elegant approach to save space, but occasionally presents problems. Sometimes the source may get moved, renamed or (even worse) it may be an unversioned archive that just changes its MD5SUM. Read the rest of this entry »