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This is the software repositories that you will meet with some linux os. They are used to download your software in opposition to compiling them from source. In other words they automatate every thing for the dumb shit you are and allow you to install, update and remove the application you need cause youre to retarded to write them by yourself with a magnifying glass and the sun directly on your hard drive. The most common package managers are yum (RHEL - rpm) and apt (Debian - deb).


You run it like this:

To install: sudo apt-get install <package>

To update: sudo apt-get update <package>

To remove: sudo apt-get remove <package>

To clean: sudo apt-get clean <package>

To search for a package with <package> in its name or "Provides" list: apt-cache search --names-only <package>

To search for a package with <query> in its description: apt-cache search <query>

To get build dependencies for <package>: sudo apt-get build-dep <package>

To remove unneeded dependencies: sudo apt-get autoremove


you run it like this

to install: sudo yum install _________


Zypper is a cli frontend for openSUSEs package manager, libzypp. The .rpm package format is used, but the package manager itself is independent from RHEL.


zypper in <name of package>

zypper rm <name of package>

installs or removes a package

zypper ar <repo>

zypper rr <repo>

adds or removes a repository

zypper up updates

zypper se <name of package> searches

original forms can be used instead of short forms:

  • se = search
  • up = update
  • in = install
  • etc.



emerge --sync


emerge --search <variable>

search description:

emerge --searchdesc <variable>


emerge <variable>


emerge --unmerge <variable>

pretend install:

emerge --pretend <variable>

fetch source only:

emerge --fetchonly <variable>

check USE flags:

emerge -vp <variable>

full system update:

emerge --update --deep --with-bdeps=y --newuse @world


Slackpkg is Slackware's package manager.

Install a package

slackpkg install PACKAGE

Remove a package

slackpkg remove PACKAGE

Search for a package

slackpkg search PACKAGE

Upgrade a package

slackpkg upgrade PACKAGE

Update the repository listings

slackpkg update

Get information on a package

slackpkg info PACKAGE

Update all packages

slackpkg upgrade-all

Unofficial packages

The slackpkg repositories are limited to Slackware core packages. Unofficial packages can be downloaded and added with

upgradepkg --install-new FILENAME

Slackware also supports building packages from source code or .rpm files with Slackbuild scripts. This gives the security and flexibility of building from source with the ease of package-based management.

Download and extract the Slackbuild tarball

Download the source tarball/.rpm file and place it in the Slackbuild directory

cd into the slackbuild directory

OPTIONAL: Edit the configuration file if one exists and you so desire

Run the PROGRAM_NAME.Slackbuild script

sudo bash PROGRAM_NAME.Slackbuild

After the script finishes, the last line should read "Package /tmp/PACKAGE_NAME.tgz successfuly created" (Or lots of errors, especially if you forgot the sudo)

Install the package

sudo upgradepkg --install-new /tmp/PACKAGE_NAME.tgz

Enjoy your overflowing abundance of freedom and simplicity