The Perfect Desktop - Slackware 12 - Page 10

20 Installing From Source:

Installing from source code is easy. Usually the following steps are all you need to do:



su -c "make install"

Download Filelight from

Notice that this is a Bzipped file unlike all the other downloads in this tutorial that are Gzipped. This means that we'll be extracting the file using tar xjvf instead of tar xzvf.

Click the Source tarball to download:

Save the file:

I made a directory named filelight and saved it there:

In the terminal window type,

cd /home/brian/Desktop/downloads/filelight

Then extract the contents by typing,

tar xjvf filelight-1.0.tar.bz2

After you unpack the file a directory is created named filelight-1.0.

Change your directory to filelight-1.0 by typing,

cd filelight-1.0



Then run make,


Finally run,

su -c "make install"

Or, if you are already logged in as root just type,

make install

Once installation is finished run the program by clicking, K Menu->Utilities->Filelight:


21 Inventory (VIII)

We now have all wanted applications installed.

[x] The GIMP
[x] Google Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Java Runtime Environment
[x] Flash
[x] RealPlayer
[x] aKregator
[x] Pidgin
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] gFTP
[x] BitTorrent
[x] Guarddog
[x] Google Earth
[x] Skype

[x] Adobe Acrobat reader
[x] Kontact
[x] Scribus
[x] kmymoney2

Sound & Video:
[x] Audacious
[x] K3B
[x] Noatun
[x] VLC Media Player

[x] Quanta Plus
[x] Kate
[x] The Java 2 SDK

System Utilities:
[x] htop
[x] iptraf
[x] netstat
[x] Filelight
[x] KDE Info Center
[x] Konqueror

[x] VMware Server
[x] NTFS-3G driver
[x] FUSE

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From: at: 2007-10-12 17:59:29

Congratulations for your fantastic article! I just want to tell the Slackers about a new project I started a couple of months ago: QTGZManager. It is a front end to pkgtools written in C++/Qt4. Everyone who uses it seems satisfied. But you shouldn't take my word for it. Discover yourself at: 

Thank you. 

Alexandre Albuquerque Arnt.

From: at: 2007-12-11 04:13:24

Hi Alexandre,

Thank you for your nice comments.



From: at: 2008-06-06 10:29:48

A brilliant example of a how-to article, well done! Many thanks for your efforts, as they have saved me a lot work.


From: Anonymous at: 2009-02-20 12:26:54


slackpkg is now included in the standard distribution. Select a mirror in the file /etc/slackpkg/mirrors, read the man page and away you go. It makes security updates much simpler. BTW its run from the command line as root.



From: at: 2007-10-15 21:35:02


  • VMware needs the /etc/rc.d/rc0.d through /etc/rc.d/rc6.d and /etc/init.d, which by luck were created before.
  • /etc/init.d/vmware is not, at least for me, executed at startup, so I moved it to /etc/rc.d/rc.vmware and added this file to /etc/rc.d/rc.local.


From: at: 2007-10-28 03:07:22


Thanks for your comment.

You're correct that VMware needs those directories.   But they're created during the Slackware 12 installation routine.

The only directory you need to create prior to installing VMware-server-1.0.4 on Slackware 12 is /etc/pam.d.


From: at: 2007-10-12 11:56:00

I am very new to Slackware, I found this How To interesting, but I guess it will be even better if 2 issues are addressed.

First, Slackware is often installed by the installer with generic huge kernel and on startup udev issues error messages when it tries to load things that already are in the kernel. A desktop with error messages is imperfect, right?

Second, it is sometimes desireable to uninstall or reinstall software. Whenever the installation gets to a tgz package, it should be emphasized that it is a good idea to store the package. When there is no tgz, it is interesting if it is possible to create one.

I would also add something linked to the kernel, like nVidia driver, and something not trivial to ?onvert to tgz, like ruby (it compiles the --prefix into executales).

From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-19 03:15:31

Very good Bryan!! Thanks...

From: Anonymous at: 2009-01-21 19:21:58

Excellent m8, ty:)

From: Anonymous at: 2009-07-12 16:34:53

good job, useful stuff :)

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-28 07:20:09

Slackware 13.1 is out with many improvements. If you could make a new guide that would be perfect and helpful for many people.