[Slackbuilds-users] Checking Dependencies

Lehman Black dosnlinux at gmail.com
Fri Feb 23 23:27:15 UTC 2007

The Slackware package manager doesn't have any dependency checking built in.
The usual way a user discovers a program's dependencies is by visiting that
program's web site. Or if they are compiling a package, the build process
will usually fail in the configure stage with something like "can't find
package X"

If you want dependency checking there are a couple of projects that add it
to the Slackware package manager. you might have a look at swaret or
slapt-get. freshmeat.net also has some different package managers for

On 2/23/07, Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Feb 2007, Lehman Black wrote:
> > Usually SlackBuilds on slackbuilds.org do not check dependancies. A list
> > of dependancies should be placed in the
> > README<http://slackbuilds.org/guidelines/>file to let the person
> > downloading the script what other SlackBuilds/Packages they would need
> to
> > install before running the script.
> Lehman,
>    Stepping back to look at this from the user's perspective, I can see
> your
> point. Preparing the package is one thing, installing and using the
> application is another.
>    But, would the user necessarily know the requirements before installing
> the package? Only if the source mentioned them. I guess there's no
> dependency checking that can be added to the package that would activate
> during an install or upgrade.
> Rich
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