[Slackbuilds-users] Sbopkg 0.20.0 Released
chess at chessgriffin.com
Thu Jan 1 20:53:19 UTC 2009
Happy New Year!
A new version 0.20.0 of sbopkg has been released with /lots/ of
updates, new features, and bug fixes -- hence the version jump. :-)
Ordinarily, there about 10-15 SVN commits between releases. This time
there were close to 50. I think this is an update that most sbopkg
users will want to have.
I had lots of great user feedback, patches, and suggestions, which I
greatly appreciate. I would especially like to thank Erik Hanson and
Mauro Giachero for their patches, testing, and suggestions.
NOTE: There are three changes to the sbopkg.conf file that will be
required before this new version will run, which are discussed below.
Here are some of the new features and bug fixes in this latest release
* There is a new -i command line switch which allows the user to build
and install packages in a manner similar to the current -b switch
for building only. As with the -b switch, the user can build and
install more than one package by listing them in quotes. And, by
carefully listing dependencies in the right order, it might be
possible to build and install dependencies and the final, target
package in one go, like this:
# sbopkg -i "imlib2 giblib feh"
In this case, imlib2 must be built and installed before giblib, both
of which need to be built and installed before feh. Given the
nature of building dependencies, this may not always work, but it
still may be helpful and useful in many cases.
* Coupled with the new -i switch, there is a new 'build queue' in the
dialog interface. The user can add packages to the queue and then,
when ready, can process the queue in the order the packages are
listed. The user can choose to build only or build and install the
packages in the queue. Again, by listing dependencies in the right
order, it may be possible to build dependencies and the final,
target package in one go like the feh example above.
* After checking for updates, the user is offered the opportunity to
add those flagged updates to the build queue automatically.
* When building packages individually outside of the build queue, the
user is offered the opportunity to build or build and install the
* There is a new -u command line switch, and a corresponding new
dialog menu selection, that allows the user to check if there is an
update to sbopkg itself.
* A new $DEBUG variable is introduced to the sbopkg.conf file that
allow for easier debugging and update list bug reporting. See the
sbopkg.conf man page for more detail.
* Fix issues with the "Installed:/Not Installed" text at the top of
info item menu screen. Thanks to Erik Hanson and Mauro Giachero for
assistance with this issue.
* Improve the wording and button labeling of several dialogs; thanks
to Erik Hanson for a patch to implement several of these
improvements and thanks to The-Croupier for suggestions on another.
* Clean up the customization menu.
* Fix issue with typhoon_2001 not building correctly; thanks to
cotterochan for the bug report.
* Fix django download issue due to their weird tarball naming scheme;
thanks to David Somero for the bug report.
* Fix mplayer update issue; thanks to all the folks that reported this
one. Clearly, mlayer is a popular app. :-)
* Fix acroread update issue; thanks to Erik Hanson for the bug report.
* Fix build queue failure issue found in 0.20.0rc1 due to not
recovering from control-c cleanly; thanks to Mauro Giachero for the
* Fix issue found in 0.20.0rc1 where packages could be added to queue
more than once which caused some funky behavior; thanks to Mauro
Giachero for the bug report.
* Fix issue found in 0.20.0rc1 where customized SlackBuilds were not
being used in the build process; thanks to Mauro Giachero for the
* Fix issue foundi n 0.20.0rc1 where the queue processing would
even after removing all packages from the queue; thanks to Mauro
Giachero for the bug report.
Changes to sbopkg.conf:
As a result of some of these new features, users are advised of three
changes to the sbopkg.conf file. Users can either manually update
their existing sbopkg.conf file or use the sbopkg.conf.new file that
is installed when you upgrade sbopkg.
sbopkg.conf change 1: $OUTPUT is now required. This was commented
out in prior versions of sbopkg.conf. The default setting of $OUTPUT
this is the same default setting in SBo SlackBuild scripts themselves.
sbopkg.conf change 2: $TERMBUILD is deprecated. All building and
installing switches now out of dialog and occurs in a terminal in all
cases. Having the build take place inside the dialog interface caused
some issues and made it difficult to implement some of the new
features. So, it went. As a result, you can delete $TERMBUILD from
your sbopkg.conf file.
sbopkg.conf change 3: As mentioned above, $DEBUG is a new required
variable in the sbopkg.conf file. The default setting is DEBUG=0.
As always, a sbopkg.conf.new file is installed when upgrading which
has these changes in place. Please review this sbopkg.conf.new file
and manually merge it with your current sbopkg.conf.
Please report any bugs to me via email, the sbopkg mailing list, or,
using the Issue Tracker on the project's Google Code website. I can
also be found in #sbopkg, #slackbuilds, and ##slackware on
A noarch package and source tarball for version 0.20.0 can be found at
the sbopkg project website:
Thanks again to all the folks who sent me bug reports, patches,
suggestions, and notes of successes or failures. I want this utility
to be useful to the Slackware and SlackBuilds.org community so please
keep that feedback coming.
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