[Slackbuilds-users] Sbopkg 0.30.0 Released

Chess Griffin chess at chessgriffin.com
Mon Aug 24 20:12:00 UTC 2009

Howdy folks!

Based on the Slackware-current ChangeLog, it seems that a release of
Slackware 13.0 is very near.  To celebrate this event, and to let folks
get their proverbial ducks in a row when it comes to upgrading or
installing, we would like to announce the final release of sbopkg
version 0.30.0!  This update has been many months in the making, and
contains many new features, enhancements, and bug-fixes.  Please note
that this is a *major* upgrade, and will probably require most folks to
substantially modify their existing sbopkg.conf (or, more likely, use
the sbopkg.conf.new) as well as potentially move or modify their local
rsync'd SlackBuilds.org repository.  Furthermore, sbopkg 0.27.4 and
prior installed to /usr/bin and the new sbopkg 0.30.0 installs to
/usr/sbin.  As a result, we strongly recommend removing any prior
versions of sbopkg before doing a fresh install of version 0.30.0.  Also
note that with this release, the sbopkg 0.27.x branch will no longer be

This new version of sbopkg has lots of great cleanups, security
improvements, and new features.  Here is a short, edited list of just
some of the items in the ChangeLog:

* Move sbopkg to /usr/sbin; remove code related to user-mode support;
  sbopkg must now be run as root in all cases.
* Apply a major code cleanup that touches just about every part of
* Implement configurable repository support by introducing a new
  /etc/sbopkg/repos.d directory where separate repositories files can
  be maintained and also by adding support for git-based repositories.
  The Slamd64Builds repository is now listed, to the joy of all the
  Slamd64 users out there.
* Add support for new *.txz, *.tlz, and *.tbz Slackware package
* Require build queuefiles have a '.sqf' file extension and change
  queuefile format.  No longer will the queuefile format be 'APP VERSION
  ON/OFF' but instead will simply be one 'APP' per line.  If a user
  wants an APP to be deselected in the dialog menus, simply put a '-' in
  front of it, e.g. '-APP'.  This should make creating, using, and
  sharing queuefiles much easier and more intuitive.  Add ability to
  have recursive queuefiles, so one queuefile named "foo.sqf" may have
  an entry "@bar" in which case as the foo.sqf queuefile is parsed, it
  will recursively go down into the 'bar.sqf' queuefile as well.  The
  '@' symbol is used in front of an entry in a queuefile to denote
  another queuefile.
* Add ability to load more than one queuefile at a time when building
  from command line interface.
* Add several new functions related to checking GPG-signed tarballs,
  such as those that SlackBuilds.org provides.
* Add ability to dump all installed packages into a build queue.
* Add ability to pass build options in a queuefile when separated by
  a pipe character, i.e. app | FOO=yes BAR=no
* Add support for Slackware 64 by a 'uname -m' test for x86_64 and
  if true, set ARCH to x86_64.
* Add option to retry a failed build.
* Add CLEANUP configuration variable, which when set to YES tells
  sbopkg to delete the extracted sources, and all the associated
  "residuals" of the build, as soon as the build is finished.
* Add a function to delete obsolete (not installed) packages from
* Add dialog notification of whether a queued package is installed.
* Add a dialog option to automatically uncheck installed packages
  from the active queue, together with a command line option -k that
  automatically skips such packages when building with -b or -i.
* Add ability to 'invert' all selected/deselected in the clear cache
  and obsolete sources and packages dialogs.
* Numerous other user interface improvements.

The full ChangeLog.txt can be viewed here:


The result of this work is that both the sbopkg.conf and the directory
layout for the local rsync copy of the SBo tree has changed fairly
significantly.  It might be possible to copy your current SBo tree from
the old default of /home/sbo/12.2 (for example) to the new default of
/var/lib/sbopkg/SBo/12.2 but it might just be easier to let sbopkg make
the new directories and perform a fresh rsync.  Please make a backup of
your local rsync copy and sbopkg.conf if you have made any changes to

We highly recommend that everyone read the new sbopkg.conf file and the
corresponding man page sbopkg.conf(5) -- as well as the main sbopkg(8)
man page -- to understand the changes.  Also, please be sure to look at
the documentation in the doc/ directory.  There are documents in there
that explain how the queuefiles work and how the new
/etc/sbopkg/renames.d and /etc/sbopkg/repos.d directories function.
There are many significant changes as compared to sbopkg 0.27.x.
Additionally, while sbopkg 0.30.0 may work fine on Slackware 12.2 and
below, it is primarily intended to be used on Slackware 13.0.  In fact,
Slackware 13.0 is now set as the default Slackware version in
anticipation of the new release.  You can change it back to 12.2 if you
wish in the sbopkg.conf file.

As you can probably tell, the new queuefile structure underwent a major
overhaul, that we think makes the queuefiles much more convenient to
use.  Several sample queuefiles are provided in the doc/ directory, and
others (including user-submitted queuefiles) can be found at the
sbopkg.org website:  http://www.sbopkg.org/queues/13.0 -- please feel
free to contribute more.

A package and source tarball for sbopkg 0.30.0 can be found at the
sbopkg project website:


Finally, I would like to thank my two co-developers, Mauro Giachero and
slakmagik.  Their assistance, advice, and code contributions have been
invaluable.  I would also like to thank the many users who tested,
provided feedback, posted bug reports, or requested enchancements.  We
tried to keep track of everyone and provide proper credit in the
ChangeLog.txt.  If we failed to mention someone, please let us know and
we will correct the omission.  Everyone's contributions have been
extremely helpful and we have greatly appreciated the feedback.

Thanks and enjoy!

Chess Griffin

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