Slackware installation notes

July 29, 2016

It seems like it’s been a yearly recurrence reinstalling slackware from scratch. This time it happened during my vacation when I was mucking around with trying to compile erlang with wxWidgets support and somehow a make clean started to remove / and I only noticed it too late… Not sure how it happened but I had changed things in the make and config files. Oh well no data lost just annoyances.

This process was done with Slackware 14.2 and roughly details what I’ve done so I can retrace my steps in the future.

Up and running


Even with only a laptop with windows installed hope is not lost. The almighty alien has a great tutorial creating an usb boot loader from windows. At first I tried to extract the contents of usbboot.img using IZarc but it reported it as empty but Winimage worked fine. The rest went smoothly.


I used a split of /, /usr/local/, /home. The partitions on my laptop looks messy as I’ve kept some factory windows partitions.

$ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/root        50G   27G   21G  57% /
devtmpfs        2.9G     0  2.9G   0% /dev
tmpfs           2.9G  1.1M  2.9G   1% /run
tmpfs           2.9G  688K  2.9G   1% /dev/shm
cgroup_root     2.9G     0  2.9G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/sda5        50G   93M   47G   1% /usr/local
/dev/sda7       148G  2.0G  139G   2% /home
/dev/sda2       187G   88G   99G  48% /mnt/win
cgmfs           100K     0  100K   0% /run/cgmanager/fs


Can be found in /extra/wicd in the slackware release.

installpkg ...
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd
/etc/rc.d/rc/wicd start


Use slackpkg to update official Slackware packages.

slackpkg update
slackpkg update gpg

The vast majority of packages I install can be found on Slackbuilds. Many unnamed dependencies can simply be found here. sbopkg makes it a lot easier to use.


To quickly get up and running use xfce and startx.

Both fish and neovim can be installed from slackbuilds. Make sure to set fish as login shell as well as the default shell for both root and user.


Store in ~/dotfiles and symlink from there as needed.


Install ghc and cabal-install from slackbuilds and then use cabal to install the rest:

cabal install cabal-install
cabal install xmonad
cabal install xmonad-contrib

Use sbopkg to install conky (make sure to manually include lua support) and nitrogen.

Clone and edit, choose option 7 (XPM, XFT, Xinerama). I’m not 100% I need to do it for the laptop or if this only was needed to support Xinerama but I did it this way anyway.

When started use lxappearance to set a prettier look for firefox and other gui. See previous post about prettifying fonts.



Use cpan as root whenever missing packages are found:

cpan install CPAN
cpan install Modern::Perl
cpan install DateTime


The blog uses Hakyll.

cabal install missingH
cabal install hakyll

Also setup ~/.s3cfg to allow syncing.


  1. Download the erlang-otp slackbuild and find the latest version.
  2. Install latest Elixir from source.
  3. Follow the installation guide and install the dependencies.

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