Using binary packages
Binary packages in GoboLinux are precompiled software packages built for the GoboLinux directory tree and made available through the GoboLinux software repository (recipe store). Since these packages are already compiled, you can save the many hours needed to build larger applications. On the other hand, with binary packages you don’t have the ability to set compile flags for optimization or specific architectures.
The script will check if the package is available in the GoboLinux repositories.
/System/Settings/GetAvailable.conf for the specific URLs scanned. You may
add your own repositories if you desire.)
If you want to select a specific version, you can pass it as the second parameter:
InstallPackage Gimp 2.8.18
If you downloaded the package and want to install it, run:
The script normally runs interactively, asking about each dependency of the
requested package before installing it. You can avoid these queries by adding
-b flag. This is particularly useful with large packages such
as Gimp or Xorg, which have many dependencies.
InstallPackage -b Gimp
InstallPackage will warn you if dependencies of a package you are trying to install are unavailable and ask if you want to continue. This is valuable, because some software may still work satisfactorily even if a particular plug-in or other dependency is missing.
Installing packages from the LiveCD
In GoboLinux, all binary packages (as well as all user-compiled software) is
/Programs in a “program directory” provided for each version
of each application, for example:
When compiling software under GoboLinux the installation target directories such
etc/ that are required for a typical program are placed
inside the program directory.
With this self-contained directory structure, all that is needed to generate a
binary package is to make a tarball of the program directory, copy over the
Resources/ directory from the Compile recipe, and generate a few additional
files, which are also placed under
This is accomplished by the CreatePackage command.
Before creating a package, be careful to vet the contents of the program’s
Settings/ directory to ensure that it does not include personal information.
A package submitted for inclusion in the GoboLinux packages repository must have sensible default settings, honoring the application defaults if possible.
The CreatePackage command
In order to create a package, run the CreatePackage utility with the package name as a parameter. For example,
will create a binary package in the current working directory.