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slackware:slackbuild_scripts [2012/08/22 10:39 (UTC)]
vharishankar [Overview]
slackware:slackbuild_scripts [2012/08/26 13:20 (UTC)]
cmyster [Creating SlackBuild scripts]
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   - Uncompress the source archive (usually .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file) into a "work directory."   - Uncompress the source archive (usually .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 file) into a "work directory."
 +  - Create a ''slack-desc'' file, with the description of the software in the correct format.
   - Configure the source, and apply patches if needed.   - Configure the source, and apply patches if needed.
   - Compile/build the source and generate the binaries.   - Compile/build the source and generate the binaries.
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 While the above steps can be done by hand, the process is tedious, sometimes complex, and involves typing in a lot of commands. Automating the process by a shell script allows the user to share the process with the community at large. It also makes sense to use and modify existing SlackBuild scripts for upgrading the same program to a newer version. While the above steps can be done by hand, the process is tedious, sometimes complex, and involves typing in a lot of commands. Automating the process by a shell script allows the user to share the process with the community at large. It also makes sense to use and modify existing SlackBuild scripts for upgrading the same program to a newer version.
 +===== Creating SlackBuild scripts =====
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 +A good hands-on tutorial on creating a SlackBuild script can be found [[http://www.slackwiki.com/Writing_A_SlackBuild_Script|here]], and there are also a few [[http://slackbuilds.org/templates/|templates]] available to get a feeling for what is needed from a script.
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 +However, software may be written in different programming languages, use different build systems, or may even simply be written in an interpreted programming language with no obvious way to "install" it. In such cases, many steps involved in writing a SlackBuild script will differ from the standard way. Blindly copying and pasting commands from other SlackBuild scripts may or may not work.
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 +It is recommended that anybody who wishes to write a SlackBuild script, study and understand the build system of a software project before attempting to write a SlackBuild script for it. A degree of proficiency in writing shell scripts is also a definite benefit, as it is the practice to use Bourne shell compatible scripts for SlackBuilds. Ideally, simple C projects which use the standard GNU Make system is a good way to start practicing writing SlackBuild scripts.
 +<note tip>For new script writers, it is a good idea to perform the above steps manually to create the package from source, before actually writing a SlackBuild script. This reduces the chances of bugs and unexpected behaviour in the script.</note>
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 +Submitting SlackBuild scripts to a public repository such as http://www.slackbuilds.org may additionally require adherence to certain conventions and coding standards. For instance, it would be necessary for the script to determine the target architecture at runtime rather than hard-coding it into the script. These standards attempt to make SlackBuild scripts as portable as possible.
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