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Special edition’s meta packages

Due to a few requests on our forums and via messages I received, the special editions meta packages are ready in Sparky’s repso.

What’s that?
The meta packages install all additional extra tools, applications, games, etc. required by the specific Sparky special edition.

The meta packages can be installed on the top of your existing Sparky installation, and any desktop environment / window manager you like.

To install them, refresh package list:
sudo apt update
and install what you would like.

A set of GameOver edition tools and games:
sudo apt install sparky-meta-game
A set of Multimedia edition tools:
sudo apt install sparky-meta-multimedia
A set of Rescue edition tools:
sudo apt install sparky-meta-rescue

Make sure that many of the Rescue edition tools work in text mode only, and do not have menu entries. A full menu is provided by ‘obmenu-generator-rescue’ which is designed to the Openbox window manager.

More about special editions can be found on Sparky Wiki pages.

 

DEB Package Builder 0.2.0

 

I have made some important changes in the ‘DEB Package Builder’ tool so I changed the number from 0.1.x to 0.2.x.

There are 2 changes:
– moved the script from Zenity to Yad
– added locales support so it works with English or Polish locales now.

Switching the tool to Yad needs some testing so please do, and let me know is everything ok.

The ‘DEB Package Builder’ is a fork of ‘DEB Builder’ originally created by Tony Brijeski.
It lets you build a simple deb packages which can be installed on Debian based Linux distributions.

DEB Package Builder

DEB Package Builder

 

e19.9 updated

 

Due to changes in Debian “testing” repositories I had to rebuilt e19.9 package.
The dist-upgrade will remove libbullet*2.83 during upgrading it to version 2.83v5, and will remove e19 package as well.

The new version 0.19.99.20498 contains:
– re-compiled e19.9 (0.19.99.20498)
– EFL and friends updated up to versions 1.15.1
– Terminology updated up to version 0.9
– changed dependencies: libbullet* and liblinearmatch from version 2.83 to 2.83v5

Now, you should upgrade or install e19 back with no problems.

 

Updates 2015/07/18

 

There a few updates in packages available in our repos so read it, please.

1. Sparky Conky manager has been updated up to version 0.1.10.
There are no changes about its functions, but it has been reconfigured to use and launch conky’s sparky’s config file withot touching the original conky’s config.

After installing/upgrading ‘sparky-conky’ up to v.0.1.10, the original conky’s config file will be restored and will be loaded instead of sparky’s config.
Don’t worry about that, after system rebooting, the default sparky’s conky config will be used.

There is not need to do anything with that, excluding JWM spin.
Simply edit the JWM config file via a text editor:
~HOME/.jwmrc
and replace the line from:
<StartupCommand>conky</StartupCommand>
to:
<StartupCommand>conky --config=/opt/conky/conky-sparky.conf</StartupCommand>

2. SpiderOak users can’t upgrade the tool in “normal” way.
The old version of SpiderOak is 5.2.0 and it’s the last one.
The new one is provided by SpiderOakONE 6.0 package so uninstall the previous package called ‘spideroak’ and install the last one ‘spideroakone’.

3. Sparky APTus Extra has been upgraded to version 0.1.18 which includes the SpiderOakONE now.

4. Sparky Center LXDE has been upgraded to version 0.2.8-1. There are two changes:
– deprecated ‘sparky-booset’ tool has been removed
– flash player config is still available if the flash-player is installed. Deprecated flash-plugin will be removed in the next Sparky release.

 

Enlightenment 0.19.5

 

There is a new version of Enlightenment 0.19.5 available in our repository.

New ‘deb’ packages of Enlightenment 0.19.5 have been built from the project’s git repository and features:
– Enlightenment 0.19.5 (0.19.99.19943) as of 2015/05/05
– EFL 1.14.0 beta3
– Elementary 1.14.0 beta3
– Terminology 0.8

Sparky and Debian ‘testing’ users can upgrade their e19 installations via the package manager as following:
su
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Check out:
apt-get install -f
Then reboot your machine.

You can use Sparky’s System-Upgrade tool or Synaptic instead of the command line as well.

In a case of a problem with present Sparky e19 themes: ‘RadianceE19-SparkyBlue’ and ‘RadianceE19-SparkyLight’, there is a new theme called ‘Blue-Sky-Sparky’ ready to install from our repos.
Installation:
apt-get update
apt-get install blue-sky-sparky

 

Enlightenment 0.19.4

 

The Enlightenment team has announced the release of Enlightenment DR19 version 0.19.4.

New ‘deb’ packages of Enlightenment 0.19.4 have been built from the project’s git repository and are ready to install from Sparky repository now.

The latest e19 packages feature:
– Enlightenment 0.19.4 (0.19.99.19581) as of 2015/02/27
– EFL and Elementary 1.13.1
– Python-EFL 0.13.0
– Terminology 0.8

Sparky and Debian testing users can upgrade the their e19 installations via the package manager as following:
su
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Check out:
apt-get install -f
Then reboot your machine.

You can use Sparky’s System-Upgrade tool or Synaptic instead of the command line as well.

 

How to remove a package?

 

If you don’t want to keep a package you can simple remove it in two different ways:

1. Synaptic
a. Open Menu-> Applications-> Administration-> Synaptic Package Manager
b. Find an installed package you want to trash
c. Mark it for Removal
d. Click “Apply” button

Synaptic

2. Text console

a. Run text console and type:

su
password for root:
apt-get remove package-name

 

b. After that clean the system:
su
apt-get autoremove
apt-get autoclean

 
Back to -> FAQ main page
 

How to install new package?

 

You can do it in a few different ways:

1. Synaptic
a. Open Menu-> Applications-> Administration-> Synaptic Package Manager
b. Click “Reload” button first, then “Mark All Upgrades”
c. Click “Search” button and type a name of a package then “Mark it for installation”
d. Click “Apply” button

Synaptic

2. Text console

a. Run text console and type:

su
password for root:
apt-get update

b. To find a package you request:
apt-cache search package-name

c. Install it:
apt-get install package-name

 

3. GDebi (package.deb)

If you downloaded a new package named “package.deb” from the network you can simple install it with double click. It will help you to install “.deb” packages with automatic dependency resolution (it automatically downloads and installs the required packages).

4. Text console (package.deb)

If you downloaded a new package named “package.deb” from the network you can install it in a text console:
su
password for root
dpkg -i /patch-to/package.deb

Remember that, it will not automatically downloads and installs the required packages, so try:
apt-get -f install

 
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How to upgrade all packages?

 

You can do it in a few ways:

1. System Upgrade (recommended)
a. Open Menu-> System-> System Upgrade or the System Upgrade icon on the desktop’s panel.
b. Simply click “OK” button to upgrade the system now.

System Upgrade

 

2. Text console

a. Run text console and type:

su
password for root:
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install -f

 

After packages upgrading / installation clean the system:
su
apt-get autoremove
apt-get autoclean

 

3. Sparky APTus

a. Open Menu-> System-> Sparky-APTus
b. Run “Update and Upgrade” tab -> Update package list.
c. Run “Update and Upgrade” tab -> Fully upgrade the system.
d. Run “Fix Broken” tab -> Fix broken packages via APT.

Sparky APTus

 

4. Synaptic
a. Open Menu-> Applications-> Administration-> Synaptic Package Manager
b. Click “Reload” button first, then “Mark All Upgrades” and “Apply”

Synaptic

 
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