[2024-feb-29] Sad news: Eric Layton aka Nocturnal Slacker aka vtel57 passed away on Feb 26th, shortly after hospitalization. He was one of our Wiki's most prominent admins. He will be missed.

Welcome to the Slackware Documentation Project

Studioware: Quick Start

To make the process a little simpler we have an application to download, build and install packages: sepkg. It supports queue files, and will even download the queues from our server if needed.

You will need around 12GB of free space to build all the packages in a full install.

1) Preinstallation Tasks

  • Install JDK or OpenJDK. AlienBob has packages here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/openjdk/ This is for portmidi. You may need to log out and in again after installing jdk.
  • Create Avahi user and group (for 14.2 onward):
    • groupadd -g 214 avahi
    • useradd -u 214 -g 214 -c “Avahi” -d /dev/null -s /bin/false avahi
    • Install fltk (for audio/yoshimi) from extra.

2) Preparing Sepkg

First you need to grab the latest versions and install it with installpkg:


# installpkg sepkg-VERSION-noarch-TAG.txz

Next step is to check that it is pointing at the right branch.

Edit /etc/sepkg/sepkg.conf and change SWVERSION to also reflect your Slackware version.

Once that is done we need to fetch the latest file lists from our servers using the -u flag.

sepkg -u

You should now be able to build/install packages.

3) Installation

We have three main categories of applications: audio, video and photo. They are maintained by queue files. There is also a 'full' queue.

If you want a certain category - say audio - then you can use sepkg to download and build/install all the audio applications with the -q flag:

sepkg -q audio

3) Done

That's it. Now start using your apps.

* Originally written by dive

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