SlackRoll, one more package manager for Slackware

As I told you some days ago (in Spanish), I installed Slackware 12.2 in my computers. This great GNU/Linux distribution follows the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid!), you can install apps compiling the upstream source or you can use SlackBuilds from or the official repositories… you can choose the alternative that you want. Slackroll, simplifying a lot, it’s a Python’s script that helps you to manage your operating system. It’s one more package manager in Slackware, others are SlackPkg, slapt-get, swaret, etc.

Slackroll is very similar to SlackPkg (the “official” tool to do this things) but it hasn’t the SlackPkg’s disadvantages, I mean, you can see the output of wget when Slackpkg downloads a file, it uses dialogs sometimes and it’s a bit slow (even in a Quad Core machine). Slackroll’s author says that this program tries to resolve these problems… and Slackroll does it.

However, It’s better for you start reading the tutorial and the online documentation, before running SlackRoll. If you use Slackware stable, as me, it’s very simple to setup; if you use Slackware-current it’s said that you must do extra steps to setup correctly. In my case, I only run these commands to setup and then update my system:

# slackroll set-mirror ‘’

# slackroll update

# slackroll changelog

# slackroll list-transient

# slackroll upgrade

Run ‘slackroll help’ to see more commands.


I had some doubts and unresolved questions that made me ask to the main developer. He answered my questions clearly; I very much appreciate this, because in some free software projects, you would feel alone, if you have problems.

If you are searching an alternative to SlackPkg, I recommend you to give Slackroll a try.

Edited: I removed some typos and I added some commands to do a better upgrade of your system without missing anything.

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