View Full Version : Slackware: How does one manage the packages?

February 21st, 2008, 03:28 PM
I installed the base system. So now I should be installing xorg. The problem: No package manager. How does the common Slackware user manage to install something with a lot of dependencies without a package manager? Apt was not even included as a choice when selecting the packages during installation.

February 21st, 2008, 09:25 PM
Slackware uses the basic TGZ to install packages. When I first started using slackware I found this article about package management in slackware. Maybe it will be of some help to you (it's a pdf):


Here is another good article about installing packages:


For the most part, you are going to have to read the readme files that come with the packages. Slackware is a great distro to learn the finer points of managing a linux system, it just has a much steeper learning curve. Try searching Google for any questions, as there is a lot of information out there for it.

February 22nd, 2008, 02:11 PM
I installed the base system. So now I should be installing xorg.

That's very easy :

mkdir ~/xorgpackages
cd ~/xorgpackages
wget ftp://ftp.lip6.fr/pub/linux/distributions/slackware/slackware-12.0/slackware/x/*.tgz
installpkg *.tgz

Wait a few minutes, you're done.