[Slackbuilds-users] Tool for managing SBo packages

Aaditya Bagga aaditya_gnulinux at zoho.com
Sun Jan 12 12:35:20 UTC 2014

Hello guys,

When I had to search for a package in the SlackBuilds, I went to 
slackbuilds.org and searched for it; however I have a local (git) copy 
of slackbuilds which I wanted to search, but didnt like using the file 
manager to look into each folder..

So yesterday I started writing a script to search my repository for a 
specified package, and then added some more options like viewing the 
info file of the package, viewing the readme, the slackbuild, etc..

Then today I added more options like downloading the package, build it, 
install/upgrade/remove, and querying installed packages.
(More info about its features/usage in the readme.)

So its become a kind of a package manager now. I named it as slacker for 
want of a better name.

You can look at the source here:

Tarball available for download also:

(One bug I had discovered, is that suppose you search all packages 
beginning with s,
slacker --search s*
It wouldnt display anything (perhaps due to bash substitution), but
slacker --search "s*"
seems to display them.)

P.S. I do know about and use sbopkg, but I wanted a commandline tool for 
(quickly) searching the packages. :)

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