[Slackbuilds-users] couple questions

Erik Hanson erik at slackbuilds.org
Wed Aug 1 14:27:41 UTC 2007

On Aug 01, 2007, at  2:15 PM, Aleksandar B. Samardzic wrote:

> Got some questions regarding creating build scripts:
> 1. What would be the best way to handle the software which source code
> is available trough CVS only?

I think we have something like this in the repo but I forget what, hopefully
someone else can field this question.

> 2. What would be the best way to report changes needed for build
> scripts (and links from SB.o site) when new package version appears
> (for example, current SQLite version is 3.4.1, containing some rather
> important updates, while build script, and link from SB.o site, point
> to version 3.3.14) - to ask for change on this list, to send patch, or
> something else?

Sending a patch to this list, or submitting an updated script. If you're
not able to work with the scripts then just emailing the list (especially
concerning security updates) is fine.

> 3. Is there an example of build script for a CMake based package in
> one of existing SB.o build scripts?

A quick grep shows that we have cmake in the 11.0 repo here:
I can't comment on why it doesn't exist for 12.0, which is unfortunate
because cdrkit for 12.0, located here:
appears to use it, but it's not listed as a dependency.

> 4. There are lots of build scripts here:
> http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/, some of which are not
> available here at SB.o, so - are there any plans to integrate these
> (for example, I would be very interested in Boost build script
> available from SB.o, but I see no point in creating another script,
> when one is available at
> http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/boost/)?

That is the repo of one of our admins. There can be any reason, but
usually it is a more complex script that doesn't fit the guidelines of
SBo. This isn't uncommon, really. We need to keep the scripts at SBo
pretty strict (read: simple) so that any admin can maintain them if

You should have full confidence using alien's slackbuilds, along with
other team members that choose to keep their own repositories.

Erik Hanson
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