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How to upgrade software or install security patches for Slackware Linux
Submitted by jinlusuh on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 02:47
You can always use Slackware package management tool such as slackpkg to upgrade software or install security patches for your Slackware system. However, the ftp server mirrors took sometimes to update the latest software or security patches to their server. So the best way is to upgrade them yourself. This is an example on how to upgrade software or install security patches for Slackware Linux. First thing you need to do is to subscribe the Slackware security mailing list from Slackware website. To do this, visit Slackware mailing list at Slackware official website. The picture below is an example of the current Slackware mailing list page:
It is easy to subscribe the Slackware security mailing list. You just have to email Slackware security team and mention what mailing list you are going to subscribe. The detail can be found in the Slackware mailing list subscription page. You'll start receiving security mailing list in your email when you successfully completed the mailing list subscription procedure.
Upgrade software or install security patches for Slackware Linux
You'll receive email when there is an upgrade or security patch for Slackware. See the example screenshot below:
This tutorial shows how to upgrade or patch Mozilla Firefox as an example. When there is a Slackware security notification in your email inbox, read the email and choose the correct update package version for your Slackware system. Click the link to download the package. Save the package in your Slackware user home directory. See the example screenshot below:
The software download in progress. Wait until the process complete.
When the download finished, switch to command line terminal and login as root. Use Slackware upgradepkg command to upgrade the software. See the example below:
If you installed firefox plugins such as Adobe Flash player, you have to copy the plugins manually. When the Firefox installation is complete, change directory to /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.X/plugins, where X is firefox previous version. Copy the plugins to the new firefox directory. See the example below on how to do this:
Now we can safely remove the old firefox version with rm -r command. See the example below:
Switch back to the kde x-window and start Firefox. The new version of Firefox started and it will check the compatibility for add-ons you installed in the previous version.
You'll get the latest Firefox version updated page which means you have successfully upgraded and patched the software.
That's all. Upgrading and patching your Slackware is not a hard and complicated job as many people said. Make it a priority so that your Slackware system always secure.