Own packages repository

I decided to try and make my own repository of precompiled packages from SBo. Exactly the same idea as SlackRepo, but made by me for my own use (not public). The tool to use is SlackRepo, which has extensive documentation, that I highly recommend. This post is not meant as a tutorial on how to use SlackRepo. It merely lists the settings I used and the steps I took for my own use.
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Repology

As a maintainer at SlackBuilds.org, I try to keep my scripts updated. Normally, I would just go through the list of SlackBuilds that I maintain and check each project’s website for updates. It is time consuming and (worst) really boring. I recently came across a very useful website — Repology, the packaging hub.
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A sbopkg GUI

An interesting post appeared in LQ, announcing a graphical user interface for sbopkg based on PyQt. It is described as being similar to the Synaptic Package Manager, just simpler. The developer is Gernot Walzl and his web-page contains a lot of interesting stuff, among which the sbopkg_gui can be found.
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Precompiled third-party packages

Many Slackware users avoid installing unofficial precompiled packages on their systems. I find this understandable, since there has never been (IMHO!) a big and trusted repository for third-party packages. I used to install just a couple of packages provided by AlienBob (like LibreOffice and some of its dictionaries) and then compile everything else from SlackBuilds.org. 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 »