[Slackbuilds-users] Linux Counter support for Slackware (LiCo - the new generation of the old familiar li.org)

Matthew Fillpot mfilpot at gmail.com
Sat Oct 8 03:04:52 UTC 2011

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM, Bradley D. Thornton
<Bradley at northtech.us> wrote:
> Hash: RIPEMD160
> Off topic here, but other than LQ I can't really think of a place where
> I should post this, and this list has the best minds on the subject anyway.
> I've opened a ticket at linuxcounter.net because the new counter
> software (lico-update.sh) doesn't correctly ascertain the distro and
> version when it comes to Slackware.
> Because it is Slackware, the new maintainer of the Linux Counter has
> pretty much said, "Of course I'll accommodate Slackware". The Linux
> counter script currently checks for the /etc/lsb-release to ascertain
> this information, and sure, we can create that file and put what we want
> in there, but he's looking to hinge on the more unique aspects of
> Slackware to support it as the oldest distro and maintain its place in
> the royal lineage ;)
> Here's a couple of suggestions quoted by him:
> <snip>
> Fortunatly I'm of course willing to implement some special support for
>  Slackware.
>  So it would be fine to get, for example the content of your /etc
>  /slackware-version file. Maybe there is also some other way to get the
>  exact name and version of the distribution.
> </snip>
> Before they put this in stone I'd like to hear from others here as to
> what you might recommend as a great implementation for the Linux Counter
> to support us :)
> Kindest regards,
> - --
> Bradley D. Thornton
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> NorthTech Computer
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You have good timing, I am also in contact with the admin at
LinuxCounter and was going to recommend the same in the form of a diff
file. Since not all distros use the lsb_release file the simplest
method would be to read the slackware-version file in which the script
can be modified for other distros that use /etc/{distor}-version
files. That method would be preferred by me and hopefully the
community because it would require no changes to Slackware and it can
benefit other distros.

I would recommend taking this proposal to the LICO mailing-list so
they can discuss it there to figure out which other distros it may
benefit and be integrated into the script change.

-Thank You,
-Matthew Fillpot

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