The quick-fix guide to Slackware Package Management

Slackware Linux makes use of Slackware packages for easy installation, and removal of user installed software. Slackware packages have a .tgz extension and can be obtained from the Slackware home site at http://www.slackware.com, as well as various other FTP sites that have them. Slackware packages contain binary files, meaning that there is no need to build the software from source.

This will be a quick guide. I will explain the tools that the you will most likely use to install, remove, and create Slackware packages. I will not go into detail however, of the many options available in the tools we will be using. I think the manual pages for them are easy enough to read, and you probably will not be using all the options anyway.

THE TOOLS
The following are the tools you will most likely be using to deal with manipulating Slackware packages:

pkgtool
installpkg
removepkg
upgradepkg
makepkg
explodepkg

The following sections will now explain what each tool is used for, and how they are used.

pkgtool
pkgtool is a graphical program that allows you to manipulate the installation and removal of Slackware packages. It carries a few command line options used during the initial Slackware Linux setup. You will not need to use these command line options. pkgtool is easy enough to use. There are six menu options available in the main menu, with a short description of what each option does. I think this is easy enough to understand and requires no explanation. The one option you may be interested in is the View option. This option allows you to view the contents of a package, as well as a description of what the package does and/or contains.

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