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Slackware -Current is the development branch of Slackware that eventually gets released as a stable version when considered ready (and then split again, as the development branch for the next version). It is similar in function to the testing branch of other distributions and the same caveats apply to -Current.
Tracking the Current Branch
To track the
Current branch, it is recommended that you
- cleanly install or upgrade your installation to the latest stable version first, following the instructions and information in the appropriate
CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXTfiles found on the CD/DVD or the Slackware Linux online mirror.
- edit the
/etc/slackpkg/mirrorsfile and comment out the mirror pointing to your stable version and uncomment one of the mirrors pointing to the current branch. For example, if you're using the Switzerland mirror and currently on the 13.37 stable release for Slackware 64-bit, then comment out the line
and uncomment the line
or any other mirror point to the
- run the command (as root)
- read the ChangeLog file present in
/var/lib/slackpkg/ChangeLog.txtfor what applications and libraries are upgraded and which new packages are included.
- upgrade to the current branch in the normal fashion. See full system upgrade for more information.
- keep the current branch up-to-date by following steps 3 to 5 above (you could also automate the update-checking with a cron job.)
* Originally written by Harishankar for the SlackDocs Wiki Project.