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Reorganization of the repositories (part 2)

Published on 2011-10-15 at 21:51:05 by  Georgi Sotirov

The second part of the reorganization of the repositories has finished successfully today. All the packages for Intel x86_64 architecture were moved into their dedicated folders/repositories. Then all the repositories were updated to reflect the modifications.

It's understood that this could make some URLs invalid, but the step is necessary for the greater good. Please, report any broken links, so they could be fixed and sorry for any inconvenience.

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Reorganization of the repositories (part 1)

Published on 2011-10-11 at 22:15:01 by  Georgi Sotirov

For years the SlackPack repositories had a simple layout – one directory for every major Slackware release with all the packages into it. This is going to change, as the repositories grow large, but moreover the packages for different architectures should not be in same folder.

In an ongoing effort the repositories should become more similar to the standard Slackware layout. The steps to this are as follows:

  • Rename the folders to include distribution's name (e.g. “13.37” becomes “slackware-13.37”);
  • The packages for Intel x86-64 architecture are going to be placed in dedicated distribution folders (e.g. “slackware64-13.37”);
  • The packages are going to be divided in subfolders under the top distribution's folder (e.g. Firefox packages are not going to be under “13.37”, but “slackware-13.37/xap”);

The first of these steps was sucesfully performed yesterday and the only viable mirror Marla was updated. For now, the old address are still available, but in the web interface only the new ones are used. I hope this has not caused any problems.

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Going 64-bit

Published on 2011-10-01 at 10:01:00 by  Georgi Sotirov

Ever since Slackware announced 64-bit support in May 2009 and made it official with Slackware 13.0 in August 2009, I was not able to compile 64-bit packages in my SlackPack virtual machines, because of dummy processor choice.

Now this is about to change and I already have 64-bit virtual machines for all of the 13.* series. The machines are still being customized, but the first packages are about to appear soon. I'll try to produce 64-bit packages at the same time as 32-bit.

Do not miss them!