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3.2.3. slapt-src

slapt-src is a command line tool that makes the process of downloading and building software packages from SBo simple and easy. SBo keeps a large collection of build scripts for extra packages that are still not available from the official Salix / Slackware repositories. Thousands of extra packages are now available to users through this tool.

To use the application, type in

sudo slapt-src -u

first to update on your computer the list of build scripts available from

slapt-src -l

shows you a list of available packages, and as in slapt-get,

sudo slapt-src -i [package name]

will build and install a package. For more command line instructions, please refer to

slapt-src --help

Another small exercise for you! Skype is a commonly used application to make voice calls over the Internet. It is not available from the common Salix/Slackware repository, but its build script is available from Try installing "skype" by using slapt-src. (If you do not wish to install it, you may just want to build the package. Note that the skype is 32-bit only, so if you are running a 64-bit system, please try out some other application).