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Spack is a standalone package manager with its own CPIO-based package format but aiming to keep total compatibility with Slackware Linux. Written in POSIX shell as much as it makes sense, it attempts to provide a fairly complete toolkit to build, install, remove, list, retrieve, and arrange your packages. It can be used as an alternative to Slackware's pkgtools, just to independently and properly manage your local software on any distribution, or as the main package manager of the distribution you build yourself.

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Recent releases

  •  02 Feb 2014 10:29

    Release Notes: This release makes the find command comply with POSIX in spackcook, prevents spackadd from yelling when looking for short a -(bad) package name containing slashes, and ditches the code providing the backward compatibility with the now almost-three-years-old branch 2 of the project.

    •  01 Sep 2013 10:57

      Release Notes: This release improves the way spackcook guesses the different fields of the package name, and sorts the file list stored by spackadd in the package log.

      •  13 Jan 2013 10:45

        Release Notes: Spacklist can list and display the installed post-install scripts. Several bugs were also fixed in spackadd and spackcook, which no longer set any defaults for the CC flags in order to prevent breakages on non-x86 platforms.

        •  08 Sep 2012 15:33

          Release Notes: This release fixes two little bugs. The first caused spackedit to fail when a package was given with a relative path. The other caused spackfind to not match the absolute paths when "^" was omitted in the beginning of the requests.

          •  13 May 2012 16:39

            Release Notes: This release makes spackadd use the ldconfig command of the root it installs the package in. It also improves the portability of the cleaning routine in spackcook and fixes several insidious bugs in this command.


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