sptools is a set of utilities for maintaining packages under slashpackage. These tools let you install, inspect, and manipulate packages in /package much as you would do with rpm, apt, etc., for their respective package formats.

sp-foreign has moved to a separate project.

This package is discussed on the prjware list. It is also on-topic on the slashpackage list. New releases are announced on the prjware-announce list.


sptools is devoid of warranty and is distributed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea for you to distribute modified versions. I'd like to know if you plan to do that.

This link always points to the latest version (currently 2007.05.29).

Older versions are published for historical interest.




slashpackage is a good thing. You can read more about it here. If you don't already have /package, create it (on any filesystem you like, as long as it's accessible by the name “/package”):

# mkdir -p /usr/local/package
# ln -s /usr/local/package /
# chmod +t /package/.

Then, if you already have sp-install, you can use it:

# sp-install sptools-VERSION.tar.bz2

Otherwise (or if you like to do things manually), unpack the tarball and run package/install:

# cd /package
# bunzip2 < /path/to/sptools-VERSION.tar.bz2 |
> tar -xpf -
# cd admin/sptools-VERSION
# package/install

Read package/README and package/INSTALL for more detailed instructions.


Current known bugs


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